***Aspirants, Party Chairmen Meet Convention Committee Friday
***Only Statutory Delegates In Anambra Will Attend Convention – Metuh, Ubah, Others Protest
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
An aspirant for the national chairmanship seat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former minister of education, Prof Tunde Adeniran, Thursday declared that he is satisfied with responses to his petitions against some issues ahead of the convention, adding that he is ready for the convention.
Speaking through his director general of his campaign organisation, Shehu Gabam, Adeniran said that the governors of the party have agreed that the election will be transparent.
Recall that Adeniran had called for the removal of a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam as chairman of the electoral committee. He had also queried the delay in the display of delegates lists ahead of the convention.
Gabam who noted that the campaigns so far have been issue based stressed that aspirants have been interacting amongst themselves and that there are signals that the convention will be positive.
On the complaints they made over the composition of the convention committee, he said “we raised series of issues in the past. But the leadership of the party has demonstrated capacity.
Most of the issues we raised have addressed, whether they were 100 percent or not, they have allayed those fears and we are grateful.
“We don’t have much to complain about. Most issues have been taken care of. We raised issues on the chairmanship of the electoral committee and the party responded, we now want to allow everything to lie. Other issues nature will tidy them up.”
Passing a vote of confidence on the chairman of the convention committee, Delta State governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, the campaign director general noted that party is drawn to doing what is right and will be transparent in the conduct of the convention.
He said the “Governors have agreed that the convention must be transparent. We are happy with Delta State governor.
I have worked with him, he is a man of integrity.”
He added “We are in a stable stage now that the election is around the corner.”
While he noted that posterity will record him positively for conducting this convention, which he described as critical for the party, he added “I will take him by his words that he won’t allow his integrity to be tampered with by allowing some illegal activities to happen under his watch.”
Adding that the ultimate of the aim is to fix this party by December, he said
said the delegates, have displayed maturity adding “having gone round the country, the show of support from the delegates gives us no doubt that they understand the dynamics of today.
“It shows that we have left the era of delegates being cajoled into doing what they are against.
They have shown maturity and They can take their own decision. I appeal to them to vote according to their consciences.”
This comes as the national convention Planning Committee will meet with aspirants and state party chairmen today at the party secretariat.
It was learnt that the meeting would offer an opportunity for the aspirants to scrutinize the process and interrogate the delegates list as well.
They are also going to raise issues surrounding the modalities for the election.
Meanwhile, the stakeholders from Anambra State, led by former national publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh and Chief Chris Ubah, have petitioned the Sen Ahmed Makarfi leadership of the party, insisting that only statutory delegates from the state will attend the convention.
They further warned that they are aware of a “fake letter purportedly signed by a member of the National Assembly and other stakeholders addressing the list of candidates purportedly elected as the state congress.”
A copy of the petition made available to newsmen, added that no congress was held in the state for the purpose of electing delegates, adding that “there was no accreditation of delegates for the congress”
The petition that was signed by serving PDP lawmakers in the state, including Hon Obinna Chidoka, Hon Azodo Eucharia among others, said “the state congress did not hold on the 4th December; there was no list of delegates to the state congress as the state congress committee did not provide any.
“That since the state congress did not take place, it is the general view of the stakeholders that a repeat state congress be held after the national convention on December 9.”
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