Fayose, Ciroma Explain Why They Missed PDP Conference

Fayose, Ciroma Explain Why They Missed PDP Conference

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its national conference yesterday, November 12 in Abuja and a number of the party’s chieftains were absent.

The conference was part of efforts being made by the party to re-brand and preposition ahead of the 2019 general elections, Daily Trust reports.

Fayose, Ciroma Explain Why They Missed PDP Conference
From left: former National chairman of PDP, Dr Bello Haliru, former governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and senate minority leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio at the PDP 2015 National Conference in Abuja

Those who were absent include; former President Goodluck Jonathan, his deputy Namadi Sambo, erstwhile national chairman of the party Adamu Mu’azu, former Senate President David Mark, a PDP founding member Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, among others.

Fayose, Ciroma Explain Why They Missed PDP Conference
L-R: Governors Darius Ishiaku of Taraba and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom

Giving reason for his absence, Governor Fayose said he was observing three days of fasting and prayers ahead of his 55th birthday this weekend and so he excused himself from the conference.

Speaking with newsmen at his Afao Ekiti country home, shortly after he was conferred with the title of ‘Leader of opposition in the country’ by the state House of Assembly, he said he needed time to be with God and must abstain from all distractions.

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Some of my commissioners were there and the chairman of my party was also there. I may not be there physically but I am with them morally and I supported them financially,” he added.

On his part, Ciroma who was listed among the dignitaries to grace the conference said he was not informed of the meeting early.

He said: “I saw the advertisement in the paper and television. It was only yesterday (Wednesday) that some people came to formally invite me and I turned down the invitation because they didn’t do it before the advertisement. They should consult me before making any advertisement.”

Fayose, Ciroma Explain Why They Missed PDP Conference
Alhaji Bllo Haliru, the acting chairman of PDP BoT speaking at the conference.

Governors who failed to attend the conference included: Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers).

Chief Alex Ekwueme, former Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman, Chief Tony Anenih and former Niger state governor, Babangida Aliyu were also absent.

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Those present were; governors Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe), Idris Wada (Kogi),  Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo).

Fayose, Ciroma Explain Why They Missed PDP Conference
Godswill Akpabio, Senate minirity leader giving his speech at the conference.

Former governors Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio, were also present.

Earlier, Ibrahim Babangida, a former military president turned down an invitation by the PDP for the re-branding conference. His reason being that he had quit partisan politics, adding that he would continue to offer his wise counsel to all politicians towards building a better Nigeria.

Speaking at the conference, Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate, who was the chairman of the conference expressed concern that so far no campaign promise made by the present APC administration has been kept.

Source: Legit.ng

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