The Peoples Democratic Party’s stakeholders on Tuesday stopped a move to prevent the  National Chairman, Uche Secondus and other  National Working Committee members from re-contesting at the party’s national convention.

The PUNCH gathered that after a series of meetings, which started on Monday night and ended at 4:21pm on Tuesday, the party elders agreed to move the national convention, which was earlier scheduled to hold in December, back to October.

It was learnt that the meetings also rejected moves to force the national chairman to resign.

The stakeholders directed the party to set up a committee that would work out zoning of offices.

Sources at the meetings said the shifting of the national convention to October was part of steps taken to pacify the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his supporters who were insisting on Secondus’ resignation.

Recall that a 35-member elders’ committee was on Thursday set up by the party’s Board of Trustees following calls by some members of the NWC for the chairman’s resignation on the grounds that he was plotting his re-election.

On Tuesday, fresh facts emerged about how the intervention of prominent elders of the PDP saved the party from disintegration.

It was gathered that party elders including former presidents of the Senate,  David Mark, Iyorchia Ayu and Pius Ayim, as well as ex-governors Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and  Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun) held a series of meetings from late Monday night till early hours of Tuesday before arriving at a win-win situation for rival groups in the party.

A party source privy to the consultations, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardise peace moves, said, “It was very tricky because those for and against the national chairman held on to their positions until very late this morning.

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