The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has fixed Saturday, March, 24, 2012 for its national convention.
A new set of national leaders would be elected for the party at the convention.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Rufai Alkali, who briefed the media Monday after the National Executive Committee meeting of the party, also said various congresses, starting from the ward level up to the zonal levels, would precede that national convention.
Mr. Alkali said ward congresses to elect party officials at the ward level would take place on March 3 while local government congresses would hold a week later on March 10. State congresses was fixed for March 17 with the zonal congresses coming up for days later on March 21.
After the national convention and the election of new officials to run the party’s affairs is held on March 24, handover processes would take place between March 26 and 31.
Mr. Alkali also said “NEC unanimously approved a slight extension of tenure of the current National Executive Committee to terminate at the end of March 2012. Similarly, NEC approved that the tenure of office of Ward, Local Government, States and Zonal Executive Committees terminate in line with the revised timetable for Congresses and National Convention.”
The NEC also mandated the National Working Committee,NWC, of the party to constitute National Convention and Congresses Planning Committees to oversee the conduct of Congresses and National Convention.
The chairmanship position of the party has been zoned to the North-East and various politicians who have signified their intention to contest the position had been involved in campaigns all over the country.
Top among the candidates are Bamanga Tukur, a former governor of Gongola State and sources say he enjoys the backing of President Goodluck Jonathan who fondly calls him “Daddy”.
Others are Shettima Mustapha from Borno State, a former minister of defence and later that of interior during the regime of late President Umaru Yar’Adua. There is also Ibrahim Bunu a former minister of the Federal capital Territory, also from Borno State.
Others include Ahmed Muazu, former governor of Bauchi state, Idris Waziri a former minister from Taraba State and Adamu Bello a former Minister of Agriculture from Adamawa State.