Ahmed Makarfi, PDP, Presidency
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the national caretaker chairman of the People's Democratic Party, PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has formally extended the tenure of the national caretaker committee led by Ahmed Makarfi.

The main opposition party in Nigeria took the decision on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at its non-elective national convention at the nation’s capital Abuja.

Specifically, the tenure of the committee was extended by four months, starting from today.

This is the first major gathering of the leading opposition party in Nigeria after the Supreme Court judgement which brought an end to the leadership tussle between Ali Modu Sheriff, a former chairperson of the party and Ahmed Makarfi, the current national leader of the PDP.

The decision to extend the tenure of the committee followed a motion by a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Akpabio had in moving the motion stressed that the committee needed more time to play the role for which it was set up and to ensure that principal officers are elected for the PDP.

The motion was seconded by a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.

Also, the national convention of the party, which is its supreme organ, dissolved the leadership of the party in Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Osun states.

The decision is part of the party’s efforts to resolve leadership issues in the states, especially in Ogun State where two factions have laid claim to the control of the party.

About 5,000 delegates attended the non-elective national convention.

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