Our National Conventional will Hold as Planned, PDP Insists

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Chuks Okocha

Ahead of today’s sitting of the Court of Appeal to hear the restraining order against the October 30 and 31 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party leadership, yesterday, said nothing would stop the convention from holding as planned.

Addressing a pressing conference at its National Secretariat, outgoing National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said preparations for the convention were in place, and that as far as the party was concerned, the date for the convention remained October 30 to 31st, and remained sacrosanct.

According to Ologbondiyan, “As we speak, we read reports in so many media space that there are issues and that only three governors are working, that national convention committee are not meeting and the National Working Committee members are not in their offices.

“That is totally and absolutely incorrect, and some of your colleagues went upstairs into the National Committee Hall, to meet with members of the National Working Committee, who are taking their respective seats, and they are deliberating on the success of the forthcoming national convention.

“So, I want to bring to the attention of my dear colleagues, that the national convention organising committees leadership is in town, and these are the chairman, the Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Umaru Fintiri; the Deputy Chairman, Governor Diri Duoye, the Governor of Bayelsa State, as well as the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who is the Secretary of the committee, that the three of them, are in Abuja to oversight, the convention process.

“While all the respective subcommittees are working and that’s why I’m briefing you now because I’m the Secretary of the publicity subcommittee, so all the committees are working at about 15 sub-committees for the purpose of the convention, and they’re all working, and the leadership of the convention committee as well are in town, and they’re all working,” Ologbondiyan stated.

He also said, “I want to assure you that we’ve secured the venues for the convention and this is the eagle square, as well as the point where delegates, who arrive will be moved to the equal square. So, in truth, the convention plans are underway, and there are no issues as far as a national convention is concerned as we speak,” he explained.

On the import of the Kaduna court issues on the convention, he said, “As far as the Peoples Democratic Party is concerned, the party does not work on speculations. The party doesn’t have a judgment before it.

“You cannot be talking about court issues, it is only, when there is a judgment before the court that we will begin to talk about court issues, as far as the party’s concerned. All the plans have been set out for the national convention,” he said.