PDP National Convention: Petitions against aspirants flood national secretariat

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Sections 8 and 9 of the PDP constitution require that persons who rejoin the party after leaving it, to apply to their ward secretaries for re-admission and "unless given waiver by the National Working Committee, be placed on probation for a period of not less than one year". It's a good omen to everybody in the PDP. They are doing everything possible to make sure that this convention is disrupted.

On his part, Governor Okowa said the visit was in line with the tradition of the party to PDP elders and leaders for the right decisions to be taken, especially as the convention draws closer.

According to him, the PDP while in power never interrupted programmes of other political parties, "rather it encouraged the growth of other parties", he said.

The party also alleged that some "over-zealous elements" in government were planning to disrupt the party's national convention and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the issue and stop the "plot" in order to save democracy in the land.

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"They have been trying every effort but we are happy that we have no information that it is coming from the very top".

In his response, Shagari praised PDP for its contributions to the building of democratic structures in the country.

"Everything is set for us to have a successful convention on Saturday", the Governor emphasized.

Okowa said: "A lot has been put on the ground for a successful convention to be held".

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On his part, chairman of PDP's BoT, Sen Walid Jibrin, said "As the party joyfully welcomes Atiku back to his home PDP, we are equally waiting to receive more members of the APC, including Sen".

Adeyeye said Osun State would not participate in the National Convention and that Anambra State was still under consideration, following disagreements in the state.

Meanwhile, the PDP in Rivers State, has denied allegations that aspirants are influencing delegates with funds.The party said, it has resolved that only men and women with track records would be elected into executive positions of the party during the national convention this Saturday. "So, it is not new and there is nothing wrong for a politician to move from one party to another".

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