- The PDP has revealed plans to hold a transparent, fair and credible national convention
- The party's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbindiyan, noted that the national convention will produce an acceptable presidential candidate
- The opposition party added that the national convention would be of international standards that would be envied by other political parties
Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention that will produce an acceptable presidential candidate on Sunday, October 7, the opposition party has unveiled its plan to hold a transparent, fair and credible convention.
NAIJ.com gathered that the party noted that the national convention, which will hold in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, on Saturday, October 6, would be of an international standard that would be envied by other political parties.
Kola Ologbindiyan, the national publicity secretary of the party, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, October 2, stated that the PDP would show to the world that the former ruling party was democratic in the conduct of its internal affairs.
Unlike in the past when presidential aspirants were restricted to nominating agents to represent them during delegates’ elections, he said that the National Working Committee had chosen to broaden their participation by giving them the opportunity to nominate two people each into the accreditation and electoral committees respectively.
He said: “Each of the Presidential aspirants will nominate two people into the accreditation committee and another two into the electoral committee. This is to ensure that none of the aspirants is left in the dark as to what the party is doing concerning the convention.
“The PDP will publish names of all the delegates and make same available to our Presidential aspirants before the convention. We have nothing to fear or hide on that issue."
When asked about the quality of a presidential candidate that would emerge, Ologbondiyan said that the party was looking forward to the emergence of a candidate with the capacity to quickly revamp the economy to bring to an end what he described as “the disastrous stewardship of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration.”
He said: “The PDP has no interest in a particular aspirant. We are hopeful that whoever emerges on Saturday will be a man with the economic wizardry to turn around the fortunes of this country.
“The party is out to make sure we have a credible primary election and the process will be clean, transparent and acceptable to the majority of Nigerians.”
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On whether the aspirants were forced into accepting Port Harcourt as the host of the convention, Ologbondiyan answered no, adding that members of the National Executive Committee, as well as all Presidential aspirants, unanimously settled for the state.
He added that chairmen of the respective state chapters would introduce their delegates at the convention venue “in the spirit of openness.”
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, former Kano state governor, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will conduct a credible presidential primary to elect a strong candidate that will clinch the presidency in 2019.
Kwankwaso said this in Lafia when he met with members of the party in Nasarawa state. He urged them not to relent in their commitments toward ensuring power change in 2019.
According to him, the number of aspirants gunning for the presidency on the platform of the party is a clear indication of the strength of the PDP.
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