By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-National delegates to the 2017 Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) national convention have voted for the amendment of some sections of the party’s constitution.

Chairman Convention Planning Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State discussing with Former Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia (l) during the the PDP 2017 National Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

The motion for the amendment of the constitution was moved by Bayelsa State governor and chairman, Post- Convention Reconciliation Committee, Honourable Serieke Dickson at the convention on Saturday in Abuja and seconded by the Senator representing Yobe South Senatorial District, Mohammed Hassan.

According to Dickson, “The proposed amendments include the preamble of the PDP constitution to reflect current realities”

Some of the clauses amended were Sections 8 and 50 to ease the process of rejoining the party by former members who left the party for one reason or the other.

The amendments of these sections was also to reduce the minimum period of membership by returnees and new members before they could stand for election on the party’s platform.

Sections 29, 30, 31, 35 and 45 were amended to provide for two deputy national chairmen while making the six national vice chairmen of the party, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

Section 21 was amended to pave way for the National Vice Chairmen to become members of the Board of Trustees (BoT).

However, a new clause, which proposed that one of the two deputy national chairmen must be a woman, was rejected by the convention, following a total of 1,194 “no votes” out of 2124 accredited delegates for the amendment.

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Source: Vanguard News

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