There are indications that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party is under intense pressure to suspend some of its members believed to be working against its interest.
This, it was gathered, was one of the issues discussed by members of the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja on Friday night.
Sources at the meeting told our correspondent that particular attention was paid to the South-West zone of the party, where a court case was said to have been instituted at a Federal High Court, Abuja calling for the stoppage of the convention.
The None-Elective Convention of the party, which narrowly survived being stopped by the court, was said to have been mandated to discuss the possibility of suspending the erring members.
Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, disclosed at the PDP’s 75th National Executive Committee that there were “about five or four different attempts by persons “whose names he did not mention to use the courts to halt the convention.
Makarfi said that the NEC meeting had to be delayed till last night to allow the caretaker committee monitor situations in the courts across the country and be convinced that no court order had been made against today’s convention.
The crisis rocking the South-West caucus of the party had continued after the Supreme Court judgment, a development which is considered by party members as a deliberate attempt to sabotage ongoing peace efforts in the party.
A member of NEC, who spoke on a condition of anonymity after the meeting, said, “There were discussions on whether we should expel some of our members, especially from the South-West over anti-party activities.
“But the decision will be taken on them tomorrow and we may refer their cases to the just inaugurated Disciplinary Committee headed by Chief Tom Ikimi.”
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, which ended at 10:02pm, the spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said that the meeting took decisions on some state chapters of the party.
He listed some of the states to include Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Adamawa, Kebbi and Borno.