- All is set for the PDP special national convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital
- The party's national convention planning committee says everything is in place for a credible exercise
- Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is the chairman of the committee
The chairman of the national convention planning committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed joy that everything has been put in place for a credible process to be delivered.
Addressing journalists at the venue for the convention - Adokiye Amasiemeka stadium, Port Harcourt on Friday, October 5, Senator Okowa who is also the governor of Delta state, observed that members of the main organising committee and those of sub-committees have been working round the clock to ensure that no stone was left unturned for a credible and acceptable process to be delivered.
“You can see that everything is right on course; the stadium is beautifully decorated and we are set for tomorrow.
“Accreditation of delegates is a very sensitive issue, so, we are starting the accreditation process tomorrow at 7am,” the governor told journalists.
Asked about reports suggesting some presidential aspirants have withdrawn from the race the governor said, “there is a process for aspirants to withdraw from the race, none of them has stepped down, we have 12 aspirants for now.”
He added: “We are expecting a very good convention, we are working very hard to deliver a process that is credible, free, fair and acceptable.”
He continued, “As you can see, I and my colleagues in the committee have been round the venue, ensuring that all that is needed for us to have a smooth sail is put in place; we have also made the stadium our secretariat that is why we held in one of the Executive Lounge here at the stadium to deliberate on sundry issues that have to do with the entire convention.”
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Menwhile, a poll conducted by an independent group, Presidential Mediation Committee, hs predicted that Senator Ahmed Makarfi will emerge as the PDP’s presidential candidate at the convention.
The report was signed by the committee's protem-chairman; Honourable Samaila Kankia, acting secretary; Dr. Amos Goje and facilitator, Malam Muhammad Tasiu Hassan.
According to them, the poll ranked each candidate’s potentialities and pedigree on a scale of 1 to 20 with 20 being highest. In all, the group said Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna state, scored 15 marks to beat the rest in the analysis.
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