The PDP Convention Committee chairman, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said that PDP was ready to host the convention in any state eventually agreed on.
There are indications that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have yet to agree on a venue for party’s presidential primaries fixed for Oct. 6, following a sharp disagreement between the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Working Committee (NWC).
This followed a sharp disagreement between the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) , Sen. Walid Jibrin , and the National Working Committee (NWC) over the choice of venue.
“On the issue of venue, the party set up a committee headed by Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure and they went round the South-South Zone and South-East Zone before coming out with the choice of Port Harcourt for us.
“As in acceptance, the National Working Committee (NWC) has consulted widely with the PDP Governors forum, we have consulted widely with the BOT, cacaus of the party and today it has been jointly accepted that we will converge on Port Harcourt, in no distance time for the National Convention.”
Akinwonmi added that the international community had expressed their interests in the party primaries.
“Even though the Deputy Chairman said the issue of venue had been concluded, I want to say that the issue of venue is still on and is not concluded.
” Because there are many suggetions on the issue of venue. We look at all suggestions and I assure you that the issue of venue will be resolved.
“But for now we are working around the clock to ensure that we have a very suitable venue accepted by everybody.
“I want to say that everyone of us should come together and ensure that we have a venue suitable to all of us.”
“I believe that at the end of the day, nobody will have any cause to complain.”
“We do understand that the assignment that you have given us is about the most important assignment in the history of this party at least for this year.
“The thing that is needed is for a free and fair primary to be conducted for all our aspirants. And we are very definite that we will get it right.”