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Our National Convention Was Successful –  Wike 

Tony Ita Etim

Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the successful conduct of the August 17th National Convention of the party flows from the commitment of all bona-fide members  to reposition it,  in the interest of the country.

In a statement after the convention, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, stressed that Governor  Wike  in an interview  noted that the calibre of members  who graced the  convention  proved that the party had moved on after the unnecessary crisis  generated by its former National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Governor Wike said: “The calibre of persons who attended  the National Convention  is an indication  that the PDP  remains  strong with quality  members  who are ever ready to make sacrifices.

“At the national  convention were PDP Governors,  former governors,  Senators,  House of Representatives members, former ministers, BOT members, all State PDP chairmen, party elders and delegates from all over the country.  We are happy that the  party has moved on.”

He noted that the PDP  was a law abiding  Party, which did not struggle  with the security agencies  after they illegally  invaded the initial  venue of the National Convention.  He said  the party leaders and delegates  simply  moved to another location  for a successful National Convention.

He said: “All the vehicles used by the police  to invade the Sharks Stadium were bought  by my administration.  All the armoured personnel  carriers they used were serviced by my administration.  What happened  was unfortunate.”

He berated the security  agencies  for refusing  to  obey the judgment  order of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt where as parties to the suit they were directed to provide  security  for the national convention.

He Stressed: “If the  PDP had used the security agencies to torment  the APC  this way, by now the APC  wouldn’t  have been in power.”

The governor said  that something was  fundamentally  wrong  in a situation  where a particular  judge handles  all suits involving  the PDP in Abuja.

He said  before the judge in question,  Sheriff  brings all the lawyers for the  plaintiff and defendants,  setting  in motion the structure  for pre-determined outcomes.

He noted that the governors of Kano and Borno States had claimed that the APC  would  profit  from the leadership of Ali Modu Sheriff. He said  that unfolding events had proved that the sacked former Acting National Chairman was working  for the APC.

“Sheriff is not an asset to PDP  because  he cannot  win elections in Borno state.  For us, we are working  to rebuild  the  party,” the governor  said.




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