CHAIRMAN of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the expanded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention Planning Committee, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, has said nothing will stop the August 17 convention of the party taking place in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
He invited all stakeholders of the party to come out en masse to give a new lease of life to the party.
In a statement issued in Abuja, at the weekend, Ugochukwu debunked the misconception that the convention had once again been postponed, advising members to disregard such rumour.
In an obvious reference to information insinuating the rescheduling of the convention, Ugochukwu observed that the only recognisable interim executive of the PDP by law, empowered to organise a convention, was the one led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
He cited the tacit recognition of the Makarfi committee by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the only lawful interim apex leadership of the PDP and the recent judgment given by a high court in Port Harcourt, restraining the security services from interferring with the forthcoming convention to buttress his argument.
According to him, the Makarfi Caretaker Committee had worked very hard to achieve its mandate of organising a consensually agreed convention within 90 days from the date of the rescheduled event.
The earlier convention, hosted at the same venue, on Saturday, May 21, had put in place a caretaker committee to steer the affairs of the party on an interim basis.
That convention mandated the interim committee to organise a fresh convention within 90 days, to put in place a substantive national working committee, the highest executive organ of the party, to steer its affairs on a sustainable basis.
Ugochukwu used the opportunity to express the party’s appreciation to governors elected on the platform of the party, for their continued support to ensure the sustenance and survival of the party.
He singled out for special appreciation, the Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, for his generosity and conscientiousness in hosting two critical conventions of the party within the short span of three months, despite the current economic crunch.