A meeting of the Board of Trustees, (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) will hold today in Abuja.
It was gathered that on the agenda is the controversial amendment of the party’s constitution, ahead of its national convention in Port Harcourt on May 21.
The proposed amendment has polarized BoT members as it mandates the chairman to endorse a meeting of the statutory organ of the party before it could be convened.
The proposed amendment says that: “The BoT shall meet at the instance of the chairman, in consultation with the national chairman of the party or, at the request of half of the members of the board or following a resolution of the Board or the NEC request for such a meeting.
The subsisting constitution of the party only states that “the board of trustees shall meet at the instance of the chairman or at the request of half of the members of the board or following a resolution of the board or the NEC requesting for such a meeting.”
Certain members of the BoT and NEC of the party led by former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana, had, last Wednesday, cautioned against the amendment.
Operating under the group, PDP Elders Forum, they noted that the proposed amendment would be rejected except it was subjected to proper consultations and scrutiny of its statutory organs.
There are, however, strong indications that National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff may be encouraged to proceed with the amendment and his plan for the convention as he reportedly enjoys support of some members of the BoT.