PDP postpones National Convention, South West Congresses

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has postponed its July 20 Special National Convention and the July 11 party congresses in the South West geo-political zone due to the coming Islamic Ramadan Fast.

This is just as indications emerged on Thursday that there are complaints that the composition of the National Convention Committee, NCC, is lopsided in favour of Christians.

The convention and congresses have been proposed to elect members of the National Working Committee, NWC, to replace those who resigned their positions following the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which faulted their elections at the party’s 2012 National Convention.

“The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hereby announces that the South West Zonal Congresses and the Special National Convention of the Party have been rescheduled in view of the Muslim Ramadan fasting.

“New dates for the South West Zonal Congresses and the Special National Convention of the Party will be announced,” a statement by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Tony Okeke said on Thursday.

A source in the party said the convention and congresses may now hold in August.

The National Executive Committee, NEC, had at its meeting last Thursday in Abuja fixed the dates of the congresses and national convention.

The convention committee is headed by former Information Minister, Jerry Gana.

The committee, which met in Abuja on Thursday, however, kept mute on the postponement as none of its members agreed to speak to journalists about the postponement.

A member of the Committee and Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, feigned ignorance of the postponement of the convention.

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