2019: PDP Leaders Disagree Over Venue For Presidential Primary
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are divided over the venue for the party’s presidential primary fixed for October 6.
The disagreement manifested at the inauguration of the party’s National Convention Planning Committee on Monday in Abuja.
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 for us.''
However, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Sen. Walid Jibrin, in his remarks said that the party had yet to make a 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.”
Intervening on the matter, the 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.”
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