Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, Rivers State Adhoc Ward/National Delegate Congress, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, on Wednesday insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, August 17 National Congress, slated for Port Harcourt, Rivers State will hold as scheduled.
Speaking with journalist in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Ihedioha decribed the embattled National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff as an “interloper” who is out to distract the party.
He said, “We will be focused and confident that the National Convention of the PDP will hold. Everybody is on speed gear. We cannot be distracted by agents that are against the ideals of our party.
“Sheriff is an interloper. No one has the authority to say that he has cancelled or suspended the convention. Decisions were taken at a National Convention that was held in Port Harcourt. The party constitution is supreme.”
The opposition party has been engrossed in leadership controversy since its May 21 national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which produced the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
Recall that Justice Okon Abang of an Abuja Federal High Court had recently sacked the Makarfi’s led committee, while upholding Sheriff’s candidacy as the national leader of the party, saying it was illegally constituted.
Justice Abang had ruled that the Makarfi-led committee was illegally constituted, thereby lacked the powers to conduct any function on behalf of the party.
Justice Abang had also barred the Caretaker committee from conducting a fresh National Convention because it.
However, the Makarfi-led faction of the party has continued to maintain that the convention will hold as slated despite the court ruling.