From Ndubuisi Orji,Abuja
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has said five attempts were made to stop the party’s national convention holding today in Abuja.
Makarfi stated this at the commencement of the 75th National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja yesterday night.
He said the development was responsible for holding the NEC meeting very late, as they needed to monitor developments across the country.
However, like the National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who first gave the hint earlier in the day, the party chairman did not give details about those behind the plot to scuttle the convention.
“There were four or five attempts to stop the convention. Some people never give up. We will overcome. We decided to hold this NEC at this time, so that we can monitor events throughout the country,” Makarfi said.
Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who spoke before the NEC went into a closed door session, urged party members to support the party in spirit of a new beginning.
In his words “in the spirit of new beginnings, we should do everything possible to support the party. We will subject ourselves to the will. “
On his part, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin said no matter what, the opposition party will never die.
Saturday Sun reliably gathered that the NEC, which is the second highest organ of the party, in its meeting which is ongoing as at the time of filing this report, will fine-tune the agenda the Special Non-Convention.
An unconfirmed source said the NEC would also deliberate on sanction for some recalcitrant members of the party.
Among those in attendance at the meeting are members of the caretaker committee, Governors Ayodele Fayose, Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Ibrahim Dankwanbo of Ekiti, Rivers, Delta and Gombe respectively.
Others are Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Chief Olabode George, Senator David Mark among others.