PDP Holds National Convention In Abuja
The national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked off in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
More than 3,000 delegates drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country on Saturday stormed the Eagles Square, the venue of the event.
The Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, as well as other party chieftains, are also present at the venue.
Others at the convention are international observers from the United Nations and the Africa Union among other international bodies.
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Party faithful have described the non-elective convention, the first since the Supreme Court judgement, as a unity gathering of the PDP family.
The Chairman of the Convention Committee and Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, hinted that the non-elective convention would extend the tenure of the Caretaker Committee.
He also noted that the event would signal the party’s readiness to return to power at the centre and salvage Nigeria from its challenges.
The PDP National Caretaker Committee had on Friday extended the olive branch to its ousted national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, said this was because the policy of ‘no victor, no vanquished’ had been implemented by the committee.
Meanwhile, on August 10, the PDP said it had waded in the crisis rocking its members in the South-West region of the country.
Senator Makarfi said efforts were ongoing to settle the dispute between two purported factions of the party in the region – Eddy Olafeso led faction and Makanjuola Ogundipe’s faction.
The Olafeso faction is politically headed by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; while the Ogundipe faction has Senator Buruji Kashimu as its political leader.
Some members in the region had expressed concern over which faction the national leadership of the party would recognise at the convention.
Senator Makarfi, however, assured party faithful that the issues would not hinder the success of the PDP convention.