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A reconciliation committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set conditions for a national convention to be presided over by the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.The convention is tentatively fixed for June 30.

According to the panel, the National Convention Planning Committee (NCPC), to be set up by Sheriff must draw its membership from all the existing organs of the party and other key stakeholders.

The Chairman of the panel, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, submitted the panel’s report to Sheriff at the party’s secretariat.

Speaking with journalists shortly after submitting the report, Dickson said an acceptable convention remained the ultimate resolution to the party’s leadership crisis.

Among those listed as members of the NCPC include seven serving governors, seven serving senators, 12 members of the House of Representatives, six members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and six national vice chairmen.

Others are 18 zonal chairmen, six speakers of state assemblies, six former governors, former presiding officers of the National Assembly, six prominent women leaders, six youth leaders, six former ministers and 12 others to be nominated by Sheriff in consultation with key stakeholders.

The governor added that even after the Supreme Court must have ruled on the appeal filed against Sheriff by the Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee, the party must still go for the convention.

He said Sheriff too was in support of the proposed convention, just like other stakeholders, adding however that mutual mistrust and lack of faith in the present leadership of the party remained an issue.

The governor appealed to other elective party office holders who are still holding on to their positions to let go and seek fresh mandate in the planned convention.

The Dickson report was however silent on whether Sheriff would be eligible to renew his mandate through the convention, where new set of party leaders are expected to emerge

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