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‘We won’t be distracted’ — PDP says nothing will stop national convention

‘We won’t be distracted’ — PDP says nothing will stop national convention
October 25
07:41 2021

The Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) says its national convention will hold as scheduled on October 30 and 31. 

TheCable had reported that Uche Secondus, suspended chairman of the PDP, had asked the party to stop the preparation for the convention, pending the hearing of his case in the court of appeal.

This was after multiple court orders were issued against Secondus resulting in his removal from office, and Yemi Akinwonmi, deputy national chairman (south), was appointed as his replacement.

“Should such contumacious conduct of holding the national convention before the hearing and determination of the application be embarked upon by the Party, however, we shall not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against all national officers of the party that are responsible for such conduct of contempt of court,” Secondus said in a letter addressed to the PDP through his counsel, Tayo Oyetibo.

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Reacting in a statement issued on Sunday, Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo and secretary, national convention organising committee (NCOC) of the PDP, said the party won’t be distracted.

Makinde said: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Organising Committee (NCOC) is using this medium to alert members of our party and members of the public that we are aware of the actions of a few misguided PDP members who have approached the High Court in Kaduna in an attempt to prevent our great party, the PDP from holding its National Convention on October 30 and 31, 2021.

“Notwithstanding their right to approach a court of competent jurisdiction to air their grievances, we maintain that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP has acted in good faith in fixing our convention for October 30 and 31. It is not meant to witch-hunt anyone or to truncate anyone’s mandate.

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“Therefore, we call on all members and supporters of the PDP to ignore this distraction as we prepare to host a convention that will send a clear signal to Nigerians that the PDP is the only party that has the will and the might to rescue Nigeria from the catastrophe that we have been enduring for the past six years.

“We are aware that a clearly united PDP is a threat to the forces that seek to divide us. Therefore, we urge our teeming supporters nationwide to keep the faith as we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we will not be distracted from our goal.

“We are determined to strengthen our party structure and put in the work needed to unify and restore our great nation back on the path to economic prosperity and greatness.”

The PDP asked its members and supporters to continue to rally support ahead of the convention.

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