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PDP Shuns Zoning, Throws Race For Presidential Ticket Open

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has opened the race for its presidential ticket to all aspirants.

Former Senate President David Mark has been named Chairman of the National Convention Organizing Committee, which will be held on May 28 and 29 to decide the party’s presidential candidate.

Mr Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, revealed this while reading the communique published at the conclusion of the party’s 96th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night.

“After a very extensive deliberation, NEC aligned with the recommendation of the PDP National Zoning Committee that the Presidential Election should now be thrown open.

“The Party should also work towards consensus candidate where possible.

“NEC noted the recommendation of the Zoning Committee that in the interest of justice and fair play, the Party should take a decision on Zoning timeously so as to prevent complications in the process.

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“On the Presidential Primary and National Convention, NEC ratified that the conduct of the Presidential Primary (Special National Convention) to elect our Party’s Presidential Candidate be done on Saturday May 28 to Sunday May 29 in Abuja.

“NEC approved the setting up of the National Convention Organizing Committee and approved the appointment of Sen. David Mark as Chairman; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Deputy Chairman and Ibrahim Shema as Secretary.

“NEC assured of free, fair, credible and transparent processes for the emergence of our Party’s Candidates for all elective positions in the 2023 general elections.”

The NEC, according to Ologunagba, criticized the failure to rescue Nigerians still held captive by their kidnappers, including victims of last month’s terrorism assault on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

“NEC urged the Federal Government to live up to its Constitutional duty to secure life and property and ensure an unconditional release of all the abductees.”

He also stated that the NEC opposes the closing of public universities in Nigeria.

In his opening remarks, the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, stated that nothing could stop the PDP from returning power in May 2023, citing the party’s ardent spirit.

Ayu urged PDP NEC members to keep working hard at the grassroots level to overcome internal party problems and win elections.

“I can assure you that the National Working Committee (NWC) will continue to listen to you. We will continue to make sure that we improve and work harder.

“At the end of the day, it will not be for lack of trying. I believe our effort will be good enough,” Ayu said.

Aminu Tambuwal, chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, also pledged the governors’ support to a successful party convention.

“I assure you that your governors, as always, are ready to continue to give you every support that is required for our party to emerge successful in the general elections, starting with congresses at various levels.”

He went on to say that the forum is pleased with Ayu’s National Working Committee, particularly the changes he is bringing to the party.

Speaking on behalf of the PDP National Assembly Caucus, minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu praised the NWC’s and all stakeholders’ dedication to the challenge ahead.

Elumelu urged the Federal Government to handle the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike and the aviation industry problem as soon as possible.

“More importantly, we call on Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari to take stronger steps to secure the release of those abducted by terrorists, including those in the Kaduna-Abuja train, especially the woman who put to bed at the den of kidnappers.

“We must not let our citizens continue to languish in captivity,” Elumelu said.

The minority leader, who maintained that Nigerians are yearning for the PDP to return, encouraged the NEC members of the party to go into the meeting unified.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has opened the race for its presidential ticket to all aspirants.

Former Senate President David Mark has been named Chairman of the National Convention Organizing Committee, which will be held on May 28 and 29 to decide the party’s presidential candidate.

Mr Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, revealed this while reading the communique published at the conclusion of the party’s 96th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night.

“After a very extensive deliberation, NEC aligned with the recommendation of the PDP National Zoning Committee that the Presidential Election should now be thrown open.

“The Party should also work towards consensus candidate where possible.

“NEC noted the recommendation of the Zoning Committee that in the interest of justice and fair play, the Party should take a decision on Zoning timeously so as to prevent complications in the process.

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“On the Presidential Primary and National Convention, NEC ratified that the conduct of the Presidential Primary (Special National Convention) to elect our Party’s Presidential Candidate be done on Saturday May 28 to Sunday May 29 in Abuja.

“NEC approved the setting up of the National Convention Organizing Committee and approved the appointment of Sen. David Mark as Chairman; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Deputy Chairman and Ibrahim Shema as Secretary.

“NEC assured of free, fair, credible and transparent processes for the emergence of our Party’s Candidates for all elective positions in the 2023 general elections.”

The NEC, according to Ologunagba, criticized the failure to rescue Nigerians still held captive by their kidnappers, including victims of last month’s terrorism assault on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

“NEC urged the Federal Government to live up to its Constitutional duty to secure life and property and ensure an unconditional release of all the abductees.”

He also stated that the NEC opposes the closing of public universities in Nigeria.

In his opening remarks, the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, stated that nothing could stop the PDP from returning power in May 2023, citing the party’s ardent spirit.

Ayu urged PDP NEC members to keep working hard at the grassroots level to overcome internal party problems and win elections.

“I can assure you that the National Working Committee (NWC) will continue to listen to you. We will continue to make sure that we improve and work harder.

“At the end of the day, it will not be for lack of trying. I believe our effort will be good enough,” Ayu said.

Aminu Tambuwal, chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, also pledged the governors’ support to a successful party convention.

“I assure you that your governors, as always, are ready to continue to give you every support that is required for our party to emerge successful in the general elections, starting with congresses at various levels.”

He went on to say that the forum is pleased with Ayu’s National Working Committee, particularly the changes he is bringing to the party.

Speaking on behalf of the PDP National Assembly Caucus, minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu praised the NWC’s and all stakeholders’ dedication to the challenge ahead.

Elumelu urged the Federal Government to handle the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike and the aviation industry problem as soon as possible.

“More importantly, we call on Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari to take stronger steps to secure the release of those abducted by terrorists, including those in the Kaduna-Abuja train, especially the woman who put to bed at the den of kidnappers.

“We must not let our citizens continue to languish in captivity,” Elumelu said.

The minority leader, who maintained that Nigerians are yearning for the PDP to return, encouraged the NEC members of the party to go into the meeting unified.

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