- The PDP in the south-south region now have new leaders
- While some of the leaders were returned unopposed, some others emerged through a transparent process
- The exercise which was held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, was monitored by INEC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-south region of Nigeria on Tuesday, March 9 elected a new executive committee, with a vow to reclaim power at the centre in 2023.
In the election which took place at Obi Wali Conference Centre, Port Harcourt, Chief Dan Orbih, who ran unopposed, emerged as the national vice chairman of the party in the zone.
The election was conducted by an electoral committee headed by Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse and was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In his remarks, chairman, South-South Governors’ Forum, and governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, thanked the outgoing caretaker committee in the zone for its contributions to the party.
He said that the party in the zone would continue to speak with one voice to provide leadership and direction for the members.
A statement from the Delta state government sent to Legit.ng quoted Okowa as saying:
“On behalf of my colleagues, we will continue to work with the executive of our zone and we will as a party, take back leadership of our country in 2023.
“When we return to power in 2023, this nation will be redirected in a manner that will be good for every Nigerian.”
Other dignitaries present at the zonal congress included Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, minority leader, House of Representatives; Chief Ndudi Elumelu; Senator James Manager, Speaker, Delta state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.
Meanwhile, the southwest PDP has rejected media reports suggesting Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola is planning a reconciliation meeting to resolve the political feud between Governor Seyi Makinde and former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose.
The southwest zonal director of media and publicity of PDP, Lere Olayinka, in a statement seen by Legit.ng, said Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun state, lacks the moral standard to reconcile the duo.
Olayinka stated that Oyinlola can't be a peacemaker because of his closeness to the Oyo state governor, hence there will be bias on his part.
In a related development, a group recently urged the PDP national headquarters to call Fayose to order, alleging that the former Ekiti state governor has plans to destroy the party in the southwest.
The group, Concerned Southwest Professionals, on Thursday, February 25, stated that Fayose's antics were capable of ruining the party in the zone.
The group said the former governor is on assignment in the southwest to create division within PDP in order to actualise the presidential ambition of his new godfather in the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.