- All is now set for the PDP convention in Abuja and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is optimistic that the exercise will change the country's political landscape
- According to the Delta state governor, the convention would signal to the ruling APC that its time is up at the federal level
- Governor Okowa also stated that only two positions are up for contest for now as far as the convention is concerned
FCT, Abuja - The chairman of the accreditation sub-committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday, October 29, said the planning and outcome of the exercise would prove that the party was ready to rescue Nigeria from prevailing challenges.
Okowa, who is the governor of Delta state, made this known in his remarks at a meeting of the committee held at the party's national secretariat in Abuja.
He said that PDP was ready to take over leadership at the centre in 2023, emphasizing that the convention would strengthen unity and democracy not only in the party but in the country.
The committee chairman disclosed that the party had reached a consensus on most of the elective positions at the convention, adding that only two positions were still open for contest.
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He, however, expressed hope that consensus would also apply to the remaining position going by the efforts being made by the leadership of the party.
Governor Okowa urged members of the committee to uphold transparency, objectivity, and fairness in the handling of their responsibilities, saying that the assignment of the committee was the "soul of the convention."
He said that only those accredited by the committee would be allowed to vote at the convention, stressing that over-crowding would not be entertained at the venue.
The governor also restated that the convention would send a signal to the party in power that its time was up, and sued for the support of PDP members in the task of rebuilding the party for greater success.
“We are not expecting to have a contentious convention because we are doing the best that we can within the leadership of the party in trying to ensure that we limit the level of contests at the convention.
“The PDP believes in building consensus, so we are still talking with the contestants and within the party leadership to see how we can reduce the contest and I believe that we will be able to agree as much as possible.”
Akwa Ibom Governor Optimistic of Better Nigeria With PDP
On his part, Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel says there is hope of better days for Nigerians given the significant gains the PDP has continued to record as a party in the nation.
The governor noted that the current widespread groans of Nigerians due to poor leadership can be addressed by a proactive people-centric leadership championed by a party like the PDP that truly cares about the people.
According to Governor Emmanuel, the present hardship experienced in Nigeria is a display of faulty leadership experiment of an administration enthroned by some Nigerians, which he noted has vindicated PDP.
Southwest Stakeholders In Last-minute Move To Ensure Consensus Candidate
Meanwhile, stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the southwest zone have concluded negotiations on candidates to adopt as consensus options.
Legit.ng gathered that a consultative meeting held in Lagos on Wednesday, October 27 by the stakeholders concluded on former Osun state governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the deputy national chairman (south) and Debo Ologunagba as the national publicity secretary of the party.
Sources privy to the meeting say the move is a last-ditch effort by the southwest PDP chieftains to secure a united front in the national convention to elect national officers.