Elections 2023: the PDP finally chooses the place of the national convention

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has chosen Abuja as the venue for its Special National Convention.

Naija News reports that the opposition party will elect its presidential candidate at the national convention scheduled for May 28-29, 2022.

In an interview with The Punch, spokesperson for the PDP, Debo Ologunagba said the NWC of the party has decided to hold the convention in Abuja after serious deliberation and consultation.

Ologunagba, however, revealed that the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will ratify the venue for the convention at its Wednesday meeting in Abuja.

He said: “We have decided to hold the convention, where our candidate will emerge, in Abuja. This is where the National Working Committee has chosen, but the National Executive Committee will ratify it at our Wednesday meeting..”

It is understood that the party leadership rejected moves by some of the aspirants who wanted the convention to be held in their preferred states or areas which they consider safe for them.

According to the Punch, several interests were rebuffed by the party’s NWC before arriving at the Abuja venue for the convention.

Speaking further, Ologunagba assured PDP members and supporters that the party leadership would not be biased towards any of the aspirants, adding that it would be fair to all hopefuls.

The PDP spokesman claimed that the party leadership has no aspiring favorites, pointing out that all the hopefuls are distinguished members of the PDP.

He said, “We are going to be fair to everyone. We have no candidates among the aspirants. They are all distinguished members of our party, who have done well for the party and the country.

“In every position they’ve held, they’ve done well. We’ll work together and get the incompetent Congress of all progressives out of power.

Candidates selected by the party include former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Senate Presidents, Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim, Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom).

The others are Peter Obi, Ayo Fayose, Dele Momodu, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, Sam Ohuabunwa, Ugwu Okwudili, Chikwendu Kalu, Ndukwe Cosmos, Nwachukwu Amakwenze and Ms. Oliver Tariela Diana.

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