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Over 3000 delegates gather for PDP National Convention

12 August 2017

The non-elective convention of the country's opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has kicked off at the Eagles Square Abuja on Saturday with close to 5000 persons in attendance.

Also, addressing a world press conference on the convention, national publicity secretary of PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, had said that delegates from the six geo-political zones are already in town for the big event.

The Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, pledged the party's governors' commitment and submission to PDP decisions.

"While I was in the party as a member, I paid my dues to the fullest until I retired from partisan politics in 2015".

Most of the NCC members it was said, had lobbied the NEC members to limit the tenure extension to just three months, but the NEC in session, decided otherwise and forced down four months extension on the committee members within which it will conduct an elective convention.

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Senator Okowa and other party members reportedly set up "Another review committee to study the report of the constitution review committee and make recommendations as to how some positions would be zoned to the various regions".

The Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen.

"A collective leadership and partnership, resolved to do things right is all that we need to build the strength to recapture power", he said.

"But we give glory to God that with that judgment, the PDP has been given a new lifeline and we believe that we will use that opportunity to reposition the party to do better even better than when we were in government".

"Nigerians remember with nostalgia life under the PDP and they are yearning for it to come back".

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He said that the loss of presidential election and the gale of defections were enough to sink the party's ship, but expressed delight that the party had overcome the challenges.

Indeed. And the electorate can see through all the politicking and selfish interests in both the exits and the speeches of acceptance in new parties and what have you.

In a statement issued yesterday, Mark again dismissed speculations that he would decamp from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). We are leaving no stone unturned in doing that.

Describing the PDP's travails as "baptism of fire", Okowa said that the party had survived was a testimony to the resilience of its grassroots structure, organisation and appeal.

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Over 3000 delegates gather for PDP National Convention