APC afraid of holding national convention - Makarfi

With barely less than two days to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP's national convention billed for coming Saturday, December 9, 2017, the party has said that the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who had defected back to the opposition PDP from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), recently, would not vote during the convention, which holds at Eagles Square, Abuja.

Chairman of the party in the state, Felix Obuah, who made this known at a briefing in Port Harcourt, said the party needs the experience of Secondus, who had made serious contributions to the party's growth. First of all, I can tell you that we are happy with Atiku coming back to the PDP.

He said that Nigerians had given the party a second chance and called on leaders and members not to throw away the opportunity. We are not APC, we are not afraid to hold convention.

At the PDP secretariat yesterday, many PDP chieftains were seen going in and out of the secretariat with business picking up in the area. It's very exciting for all of us.

The party, he said, would make available the list of accredited delegates to all aspirants at least 48 hours before the convention to diffuse the rumour that the list has been altered to suit selected aspirants.

In his response, Shagari praised PDP for its contributions to the building of democratic structures in the country.

Adeyeye said Osun State would not participate in the National Convention and that Anambra State was still under consideration, following disagreements in the state.

The elder statesman was speaking when he received members of the PDP Convention Planning Committee led by their Chairman and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Ahmed Makarfi, had inaugurated the national convention committees.

"I am glad they are working hard and I have seen that they want to make sure that the convention of the PDP is rancor-free, transparent and everybody will be given a level playing ground".

Earlier, Makar disclosed that the visit was in line with the tradition of the PDP where elders and leaders of the party are consulted for the right decisions to be taken.

Vanessa Coleman