- The PDP's national convention is primarily being held to elect new members of the party's National Working Committee (NWC)
- However, unfolding developments indicate some PDP members may have started taking advantage of the large gathering to make known their political ambitions ahead of 2023
- Banners displaying Bala Mohammed for president, Shehu Sanu for Kaduna governor, among others, have flooded Eagles Square, the venue of the convention
FCT, Abuja - Eagle Square, the venue for the national convention of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently littered with various banners and posters of prospective political aspirants.
Some of such posters include that of Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed; former PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar; former lawmaker, Shehu Sani; Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state; Doyin Okupe; Governor Aminu Tambuwal among many others.
While Senator Bala Mohammed, Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso's read 'for President', Shehu Sani's read Governor of Kaduna 2023.
Most noticeable and appearing to be making a statement is that of Senator Bala Mohammed whose large draped banners are widely spread across the breadth of the convention venue including the VIP area.
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Also littered around the venue are banners indicating that the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki would be running for the presidency in 2023.
Okupe's banners were also found both inside and outside the arena.
While some of his banners did not indicate any position which the former presidential spokesperson might be interested in, one particular banner had "Okupe for president 2023".
Secondus' failed attempt to stop PDP convention
Recall that the PDP's national convention got a green light from the Court of Appeal after a legal battle with the party's suspended national chairman, Uche Secondus.
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Secondus had in a suit sought a court induction to prevent the PDP from going ahead with the planned convention.
In his plea, Secondus said the court should make an order suspending the PDP national convention until there is a final decision on the matter before it.
However, in its ruling on Friday, October 29, the Appeal Court dismissed the Secondus' suit against the party's scheduled convention for lack of merit.
The suspended PDP national chairman has since reacted to the court's ruling stating that he would be seeking redress at the Supreme Court.