- The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has called for an emergency meeting to attend to important urgent matters
- The national working committee of the party is likely going to reschedule its national convention billed to hold today, Saturday, May 28
- Meanwhile, political parties in Nigeria are making urgent moves following the recent postponement of primaries by INEC on Friday night
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has convened an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee in a bid to examine urgent issues arising, including the likelihood of rescheduling its national convention slated for today.
The Punch reports that the NWC meeting, which is currently underway in Abuja, is anticipated to deal with issues around the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the deadline for the conclusion of party primaries across the country.
INEC extends party primaries
INEC had, in a statement on Friday night, explained how it was urged by the council of political parties to extend the time for primaries following outstanding issues emanating from the exercise across the country. The decision made way to shift the primaries’ deadline from June 3 to June 9.
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Owing to the development, the main opposition party convened its officials to take a stand on whether or not the deadline extension would give the All Progressives Congress an edge in the presidential election come 2023.
PDP official confirmed the development
An official of the party who has the itinerary of the meeting, Friday night, said:
“We have strong reasons to believe that the sion was announced by INEC today to allow the APC properly digest the outcome of the PDP’s convention and pick its candidate accordingly.”
“We were supposed to have our convention a day apart, but this latest move could give the APC a window to shift its convention by additional days just to properly strategise against whoever emerged as flag-bearer at our convention.”
2023: Battle for PDP's presidential ticket thickens as governors divided between Wike and Saraki
Meanwhile, the battle for who gets the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential ticket has continued to tear the governors apart.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and former Senate President Bukola Saraki is the main contenders jostling for the ticket ahead of the 2023 elections.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar seems to be having only the support of his home state governor, Ahmadu Fintri.
Jonathan cleared to contest 2023 presidency
The move to include Jonathan in the race according to reports was partly responsible for the much-postponed screening of APC presidential aspirants.
Meanwhile, the presidential primary of the ruling party would is scheduled to hold on Sunday, May 29, 2022.