•Arewa party’s pathfinders warn Convention C’ttee against vested interest
By Lateef Ibrahim
The planning committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Convention, holding on Saturday in Abuja, has forbidden the display of campaign posters for any of the offices being vied for at the venue of convention.
The elective national convention to be held for the purpose of electing national officers for the opposition, PDP, is scheduled to hold at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, December 9.
The Chairman of the planning committee of the convention and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, announced the ban at a pre –convention briefing yesterday in Abuja.
Governor Okowa urged aspirants to the various positions to keep their campaigners away from the convention venue as and all campaigns must have stopped by Friday.
Sounding the warning firmly, he said, “I will not expect any aspirant, especially presidential aspirants to bring their campaign posters, campaigners, men or women to the venue, because it will not be allowed. And we want to appeal to all of them campaigning to desist from doing that.
“For those who want to campaign for future election, possibly the presidential aspirants, this convention is not the place to display campaign posters or to display their intentions.
I believe there will be an appropriate convention for that. I want to urge them to cooperate with us as a committee,” he said.
Continuing, he said, “The venue of the convention, the eagle square, has been secured; and we have had a lot of discussions concerning the need for accreditation, securing the venue and also the electoral process. We are very confident that a lot is being put in place; and between now and Friday, we would have been able to achieve every other thing that we need to do to deliver a credible convention.
“We need to make this announcement to all our party members and well wishers that the convention is going to be for delegates; and we are expecting a little less than 3000 delegates. And those delegates have been properly accredited by the accreditation committee.
“And for those our party members that are going to come are welcome to Abuja, but they will not be allowed to come to the eagle square; and this is because we want to be sure that we are in a position to deliver a credible elective convention. Movement will have to be somehow restricted to some important personalities who ordinarily will love to be around. We are trying to put all these processes in place so that we don’t over crowd the venue,” he said.
Meanwhile, a group, the Arewa Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Pathfinders have urged the party’s Caretaker Committee and all relevant stakeholders not to allow vested interest jeopardize the interest of the party in the December 9 convention.
The coordinator of the group, Mr Abdullahi Ali-Kano, gave the advice while briefing journalists in Abuja on Monday.
Ali-Kano said the group is in support of the position taken by the northern leader to zone the chairmanship of the party the South-West.
According to him, the PDP northern leaders only re-echoed the position of the PDP Southern leaders meeting which held in Rivers.