The Peoples Democratic Party has pick Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory as venue for its planned October National Convention, The Point learnt on Saturday.
A source familiar with the goings on in the party, where the National Executive Committee was holding a meeting, revealed that the party had also agreed to meet on September 9, to ratify the Convention Planning Committee.
“Steadily the PDP is moving towards resolving the leadership and other internal crises plaguing it as a party and in particular, as the leading opposition party. The latest update is that PDP has picked Abuja as venue for the National Convention, then it will meet on 9th September to approve the convention planning committee members.”
The PDP had been embroiled in internal crises which had spectacularly led to the issuance of three High Court orders across the country in a space of less than 10 days. From Degema, Rivers State to Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State and then in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.
During the week, the party had only one preoccupation – save the party from imminent disintegration.
But the national caucus of the PDP on Friday agreed to an October 30-31st, 2021 date for the party’s national convention. Before that meeting, the NWC had earlier met on Thursday and tentatively picked the date, while the Board of Trustees and NEC were scheduled to meet on Saturday. The NWC had agreed that the party’s convention must be held in October.
Sokoto State Governor who doubled as the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, said on Friday after the national caucus meeting that “We have just risen from our 40th meeting of the national caucus of our great party, the PDP, where we have resolved to submit to the NEC of our party tomorrow recommendation from the national working committee for the National Convention of our party, to be held between Friday, 30th of October to Saturday, 31st of October. The venue will be determined tomorrow by NEC (Saturday).
“Also, this distinguished body had empaneled eight distinguished leaders of our party under the able leadership of ex-President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, to interface with our leaders who are involved in these issues of court, so that all court matters can be now withdrawn and then for normalcy to continue to return to the party.
“I appeal on behalf of this body to all well meaning members of our party in the interest of the party to shield their swords and let us embrace peace because Nigeria is waiting for PDP; and I believe that we have the capacity to resolve whatever issues we have internally.”