PDP Convention: Makarfi Extends Olive Branch To Sheriff

Gwen Vasquez
August 12, 2017

Earlier on Wednesday the party had held a committee meeting at the party's national secretariat in Abuja, where the Convention Committee chairman, Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and his subcommittee chairmen, deliberated on matters concerning the successful conduct of the convention, where principal officers of the party will be chosen.

He expressed optimism about the future of the party saying "I am impressed with the renewed enthusiasm and commitment of our members towards rebuilding the party after the protracted leadership tussle".

He however, said he was not in position to say if the former governor will be at Eagle Square for Friday's convention.

"It is a privilege given to every former PDP governor.‎ Ibori is a former governor, and he has not left PDP". The policy of no "victor, no vanquished" has been fully implemented by the caretaker committee.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, confirmed at a world press conference in Abuja today that over three thousand delegates would attend the convention.

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The spokesman, who declined to disclose the identity of the particular group, said disclosure was unnecessary because the attempt failed, adding that there were no legal encumbrances in respect of the convention. We have delegates from the Africa Union, the United Nations and the rest of the global community. "I can tell you that if the decision of the Supreme Court had gone the other way, there would have been no PDP today", he noted, even as he called on Nigerians to be vigilant, lest they fall to the propaganda of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Adeyeye also reacted to the charges and allegations of corruption against a number of prominent chieftains of the party, particularly former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

He challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go to court if it has any case against her.

"If you said you recovered N150 billion, why is Nigeria in recession?" Those who were with the former National Chairman, Senator Alimodu Modu Sheriff, have been integrated into the convention committee.

He said that the objective of the meeting was to enable the NEC members to review all the happening across the country. Global organisations are coming to observe this convention.

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