PDP National Convention Ongoing In Abuja

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A top stalwart of the party informed PREMIUM TIMES that the Makarfi committee " may get a three month extension in office after which an elective national convention would be organised to bring in new executive officials for the party".

He said, "We wanted to make it a unity convention, hence we chose to bring so many people to serve on this committee".

The party's non elective convention is coming on the heels of the recent Supreme Court judgment which settled the long drawn conflict in the party which had nearly threatened to tear it apart.

The policy of no "victor, no vanquished" has been fully implemented by the caretaker committee.

"Let all presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to one primaries; whereas, all national chairmanship candidates from the 17 states of the South also be subjected to one primary to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalise democracy", he added.

The PDP National Caretaker Committee had on Friday extended the olive branch to its ousted national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

Thousands of delegates drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country on Saturday stormed the Eagles Square, the venue of the event.

He said: "We have come this far through a tortuous journey". God took us out of a major crisis that nearly killed the party.

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"PDP members are coming to Abuja to celebrate, to tell Nigerians that this party has been reawakened and the party is poised not only to challenge for power but again, to begin a new era of good governance come 2019".

"While others are of the view that the arrangement should be allowed, some are saying, it should be left open to all interested party members and allow delegates to chose whoever they want".

"So, we have every cause to celebrate and this is the convention of every member of this party and even Nigerians because Nigerians rejoiced with us when we won at the Supreme Court".

"This unity convention is going to be a celebration for the PDP".

In a statement issued yesterday, Mark again dismissed speculations that he would decamp from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mark, therefore, charged the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Special Convention Committee not to leave any stone unturned to guarantee a hitch-free exercise.

"I am impressed with the renewed enthusiasm and commitment of our members towards rebuilding the party after the protracted leadership tussle", Mark said.

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