PDP panel bans 2019 presidential ticket campaign at convention

PDP panel bans 2019 presidential ticket campaign at convention

The Convention Planning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP set up to organise the elective national convention coming up on Saturday in Abuja, has banned the display of campaign posters of any presidential aspirants at the Eagle Square venue of the convention.

The committee, headed by the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, also barred the supporters of the presidential contenders from the venue on Saturday.

Atiku had resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress about a week ago, claiming that the ruling party had deviated from its promises to Nigeria.

Besides, he accused the leadership of the party of not carrying its members along in decision-making.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that members of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, had been informed of Atiku’s visit.

Authoritative sources said the former vice-president requested to meet with the caretaker committee in order to ensure his return to the party was without hitches.

Atiku was said to have written a letter to Makarfi, requesting the visit.

Investigations by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday further showed that the visit would come up at noon.

The Publicity Secretary of the caretaker committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, confirmed the planned visit by Atiku in an interview with The PUNCH.

“It is true. We are expecting him on Tuesday, which is tomorrow (today). It is also an indication that his coming is real and that he means business. We are actually expecting him by noon tomorrow,” he added.

It was also gathered that his visit would enable him to know his status if he would be able to attend the party’s national convention slated for Saturday in Abuja.

As a former Vice-President, the constitution of the party allows him to attend the convention.

However, since he has defected to the APC with other notable politicians, Atiku may require a waiver from the national leadership of the party before he could attend the convention as a delegate.

A member of the National Working Committee of the party told our correspondent that the issue of waiver was being looked into.

The source said, “We are glad he has returned to the party which gave him the opportunity to vie for positions both as a governor and as a vice-president.

“We also know he contributed in no small way to our defeat during the 2015 presidential election.

“All that are, however, not necessary now. What we want are people who can help us win elections and Atiku is one of them. We are happy about that.”

Meanwhile, the PDP has said there is no concession for the former APC presidential aspirant or any other persons coming in to the party.

Makarfi stated this during the inauguration of the party Convention Planning Committee.

He explained that Atiku, however, did not seek any concession or special terms before returning to the party, adding that the former Vice-President returned voluntarily to the party.

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