Primary: PDP BOT and NWC flexes muscle over Choice of venue

Amah Baldwin

Crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over the venue for it’s presidential primaries fixed for Oct. 6.

Investigation reveals a sharp disagreement between the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Working Committee (NWC).

Primary: PDP BOT and NWC flexes muscle over Choice of venue 1

At the inauguration of the party’s National Convention Planning Committee on Monday in Abuja, there seemed to be a sharp disagreement between the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) , Sen. Walid Jibrin , and the National Working Committee (NWC) over the choice of venue.

Inaugurating the committee, PDP Deputy National Chairman (South) Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, said that the party leaders had consulted widely on the venue and agreed for Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“On the issue of venue, the party set up a committee headed by Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure and they went round the South-South Zone and South-East Zone before coming out with the choice of Port Harcourt.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) has consulted widely with the PDP Governors forum, we have consulted widely with the BOT, cacaus of the party and today it has been jointly accepted that we will converge in Port Harcourt, in no distance time for the National Convention.”

Akinwonmi added that the international community had expressed their interests in the party primaries.

“Particularly, they said they want to come and watch the process that will lead to the emergence of our flag bearer, because by the grace of God our flag bearer will be the next President of Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) , Sen. Walid Jibrin in his remarks said that the party had yet to make final decision on the choice of venue for the convention.
“Even though the Deputy Chairman said the issue of venue had been concluded, I want to say that the issue of venue is still on and is not concluded.

”Because there are many suggetions on the issue of venue. We look at all suggestions and I assure you that the issue of venue will be resolved.

“But for now we are working around the clock to ensure that we have a very suitable venue accepted by everybody.

“I want to say that everyone of us should come together and ensure that we have a venue suitable to all of us.”

In his reaction, Secretary of the convention committee and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, said “I think the working committee and the BOT need to settle this.”

Chairman of the convention committee, Ifeanyi Okowa, also speaking on the matter said PDP was ready to host the convention in any state eventually agreed on.
Okowa said that no matter where the convention was settled for, PDP would do what was right.

“I believe that at the end of the day, nobody will have any cause to complain.”

Okowa, who appreciated the party for the assignment given to them said that they knew that the party was in very critical moments in the history of the nation.

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