No going back on August 17 convention date – PDP NCC


By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
The National Caretaker Committe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi restated Thursday night that the August 17 date for the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt will not be compromised.
The caretaker committee  in a statement by its member in charge of publicity, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, made the declaration in reaction to insinuation in some quarters that the convention had been shifted indefinitely.
It described the purported shift as total falsehood existing only in the mind of the author and originator of the story in some online publications.
The statement also noted that the August date for the convention was in keeping with the resolution of an earlier convention held in May to the effect that it would reconvene itself within 90 days.
The statement read: “The attention of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to spurious rumour in the online media purporting that the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of our great Party, H. E. Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, CON has suspended or postponed the forthcoming National Convention slated for August 17, 2016 to allow time for more reconciliation on the leadership crisis in the Party.
“The information is false, null and void and only exists in the imagination of the authors and originators of the rumour.
“For the umpteenth time, we reiterate there is no change to the August 17, 2016 date slated for the PDP National Convention holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State as approved by the Expanded Caucus of the Party in compliance with the Decision of the National Convention that reconvened itself within Ninety (90) Days.
“You will recall that the May 21st, 2016 National Convention in Port Harcourt that constituted the PDP National Caretaker Committee mandated it to organize and conduct another National Convention within 90 days from the Date of the last Convention.
“Therefore, the National Caretaker Committee has no power to extend the mandate given to it by the Port Harcourt National Convention and will not do so.
“The National Caretaker Committee wishes to advise all stakeholders and the general public to ignore all rumours regarding the purported postponement of the forthcoming National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State declaring that August 17, 2016 Date for the National Convention is sacrosanct and will hold as scheduled.
“Finally, we enjoin all members of the Party nationwide to work closely with the leadership towards a successful National Convention that will  elect credible Party leaders to fill in the vacant positions at the national level.”


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