The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has agreed that the forthcoming National Convention of the party will take place in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The decision was reached during the party’s 92nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of today, Saturday 28th August, 2021 and was presided over by acting National Chairman, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi.
Another decision taken was that the NEC will reconvene in September, 2021
Recently, PDP has been hit by multiple defections as some embittered members call for the resignation of Uche Secondus as National Chairman, because he was accused of having “no clear road map, blue print or policy programme for the party.”
At least, two court judgements have asked Mr. Secondus to step aside as party chairman while a court judgement obtained in Kebbi State said he could continue his position.
During the Saturday’s NEC meeting, the embattled chairman was not seen within the venue of the meeting.
The Acting National Chairman of the party. Elder Yemi Akinwonmi said consultations within the party are yielding desired results.
He condemned the country’s deteriorating security situation and high cost of living owing to the weakness of the naira against other currencies.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubril, said the problems in the party are not insurmountable.
He noted that challenges and disputes are a fact of life in any party, but how they are resolved matters most.
He advised the party not to fail Nigerians, as it remains the last hope of citizens.
There is no way the PDP can win elections if it is divided, he added.
Former Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, also expressed confidence in the party’s internal mechanism to resolve its crisis.
He also took a swipe at the incumbent government, insisting that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government has taken the country backward since they took over power in 2015.