All roads lead to the Rivers State capital as Port Harcourt is set to host perhaps the most eventful of conventions of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in recent history, Wednesday August 17, 2016. And this is official.
Leaders, members, stakeholders, well wishers and followers of the evolution of the party will converge on the famous ‘Garden City’ to chart a new course for the political party.
Chairman of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the expanded PDP Convention Planning Committee, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, invited all stakeholders of the party, to turn up en masse at the Port Harcourt convention, to give a new lease of life to the party.
In a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend, Ugochukwu debunked the misconception that the convention had once again been postponed, advising members to disregard any such rumour.
In an obvious reference to misleading information insinuating the rescheduling of the convention, Ugochukwu observed that the only recognizable interim executive of the PDP by law, empowered to organise a convention, is the one led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
He cited the tacit recognition of the Makarfi committee by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the only lawful interim apex leadership of the PDP, and the recent judgment given by a high court in Port Harcourt, restraining the security services from interfering with the forthcoming convention, to buttress his argument.
According to him, the Makarfi caretaker committee had worked very hard to achieve its mandate of organising a consensually agreed convention, within 90 days from the date of the rescheduled event.
The earlier convention hosted at the same venue, Saturday May 21, 2016, had put in place a caretaker committee to steer the affairs of the party on an interim basis.
That convention mandated the interim committee to organise a fresh convention within 90 days, to put in place a substantive national working committee, the highest executive organ of the party, to steer its affairs on a sustainable basis.
While enjoining members of the PDP to demonstrate loyalty and solidarity with the party by turning out an masse at the convention, Ugochukwu used the opportunity to express the party’s appreciation to governors elected on the platform of the party, for their continued support to ensure the sustenance and survival of the party.
He singled out for special appreciation, Barr Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor, for his generosity and conscientiousness in hosting two critical conventions of the party, within the short span of three months, despite the current economic crunch.