Sheriff, PDP National Chairman, suspends convention


Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has announced the suspension of its National Convention, citing numerous court cases as the reason the decision.

Sheriff, who announced this at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said as a law abiding party it suspended the convention until all court cases were resolved.

“Members of the National Working Committee and I have been working since morning. We are confronted with a lot of challenges.

“The challenges are court cases and taking into account the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to supervise the election into the office of Chairman, Secretary and Auditor.

“Based on the order of the court and on the account that our party is responsible and law abiding with high respect to the judiciary and courts, we do hereby state and put off the National Convention,” he said.

Sheriff said the convention would be held when all court cases were resolved.

He said the issues raised in the cases were many and bothered on the expiration of the tenure of some offices in 2017 and 2018 and the fact that INEC said it would not supervise the election.

He also said that the NEC of the party did not want to be charged for contempt of court and decided to suspend the convention.

He urged all delegates to return to their various states until the issues were resolved.
“Whatever the decisions the court take, we will abide by it,” Sheriff said.