- The PDP held its 85th emergency NEC meeting in Abuja
- Atiku Abubakar and all the governors-elected on the party's platform were absent at the meeting
- According to the party's national chairman, Atiku and the governors were absent because they were preparing for Saturday’s rerun polls
PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, has disclosed why Atiku Abubakar and all the governors-elected on the platform of the party were absent at its 85th emergency National Executive Committee meeting held in Abuja.
Daily Trust reports that Secondus on Wednesday, March 20, said Atiku and the governors were absent because they were preparing for the rerun elections that are going to be held on Saturday, March 23.
According to him, "Obviously, we are in election season. So, you can’t blame anybody. We are in election season. So, we don’t have anybody to blame at all."
Among the absentees were Governors Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe state and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state.
Others include Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state and his Kwara state counterpart, Ahmed Abdulfattah.
Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers state; Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta; Ben Ayade of Cross River; Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom; Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state were also absent at the meeting.
While others are Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state; and Chigozie Ikpeazu of Abia state.
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Speaking after the meeting, the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the NEC discussed issues relating to this Saturday’s rerun elections and how to “reclaim” the party’s presidential mandate.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Atiku Abubakar released what he claimed to be the authentic presidential election result gotten from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server.
In his petition, Atiku claimed he won the presidential election to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari who was declared winner by the electoral body. Atiku said he scored 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom he claimed scored 16,741,430 votes.
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