Chairman of Saturday’s Non-Elective National Convention Planning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the party was set to welcome high profile Nigerians defecting from other political parties.
Okowa who is also the governor of Delta State, stated this on Thursday in Abuja while inspecting the Eagles Square – venue for the Convention – assuring that every necessary arrangements have been taken care of.
“We just came to see what is on ground, I believe that our people will be safe because we have everything under control, we are not expecting any hitches at all.
“We are doing very well as a party and as a committee, in this kind of planning you will have some challenges here and there but there are solutions being proffered for everyone of it and we are confident that we are on the right track and it shall be well on Saturday”.
He assured that high profile Nigerians will join the party within the next three weeks. “This is a new PDP and with the excitement we saw after the supreme court victory, we did see amongst Nigerians and not only PDP followers, I believe that a lot of people who thought that the party was going to implode by itself will realise that we are back alive and ready to offer what it takes to better the lives of Nigerians.
“Many of our members that left earlier due to one form of disagreement or the other will return back to their party because the National Caretaker Committee has has constituted a Reconciliation Committee as well as a Contact and Mobilization Committee to reach out to them.
“From the way things are going presently in this country, I believe Nigerians will realise that PDP is the only alternative that can bring Nigeria out of her present economic challenges”.
Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued at the PDP national secretariat on Thursday when the committee set up to screen the seven governorship aspirants openly expressed displeasure about what he called acts of indiscipline by some of the aspirants.
Chairman of the screening committee and former Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Maina Waziri, said it was unfortunate that some of the aspirants did not show up at the venue of the screening 90 minutes after the scheduled time.
At the time Waziri spoke, only Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman Capital Oil and former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah had not arrived the venue. They came shortly after.
Other aspirants who were screened include John Okechukwu Emeka, Alex Obiogbolu, Linda Ikpeazu, Oseloka Obaze and Akolisa Ufodike
Waziri while welcoming the aspirants urged them not to forget that the entire PDP family has everything to lose if Anambra is lost to a rival political party on November 18.