By Chibuzo Ukaibe,
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday declared that the forthcoming non elective national convention will send a signal of the party’s strength ahead of 2019.
Chairman of the party’s national convention and governor of Delta State, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, stated this at the party’s headquarters when the committee met.
The governor who stated that the convention signals a test of PDP’s readiness for the 2019 general election, adding that it has realized it did not meet expectations of Nigerians in the past.
He however noted that the party is now determined to make corrections by ensuring good governance, anchored on accountability, rule of law and improved welfare of the citizenry.
“Yesterday we were inaugurated with the task of organising a successful National Convention for our great party, it is our hope that the various committees will set out to work immediately as we have barley few days to go.
“As an organised party, i have confidence in our leaders of the various sub-committees that we will be able to deliver a successful National Convention that we can all be proud of.
“I trust in your abilities because I have seen a good number of committed party members who are dedicated to the cause of ensuring we return back to power in 2019,” he said.
Speaking on the preparations for Saturday’s national convention, Okowa said that a lot of grounds has already been covered by the National Caretaker Committee, adding that the planning committee only has few days to conclude the arrangement.
“Our party is back alive and with the National Convention, PDP will send a very strong message that will make Nigerians to realise that we are very much ready to take over power come 2019,” he said
Members of the planning committee including Mr. Kelechi Igwe; John Jonah, Deputy Governors of Ebonyi and Bayelsa States and Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of all the Sub-Committees attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Committee of the PDP was sworn-in yesterday and to urged to commence work. Disciplinary committee has seven members, including Chief Tom Ikimi (Chairman), Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Mr. Victor Kwon, Hajia Inna Ciroma, Col. Bala Mande and Eyitayo Jegede.