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PDP says overzealous elements in APC are planning to disrupt the party’s national convention holding on Saturday in Abuja, bars Atiku from voting
PDP chairman, Ahmed Maikarfi welcomes Atiku Abubakar back to the party

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday alleged that some “overzealous elements” in the All Progressive Congress (APC) were planning to disrupt the party’s national convention holding on Saturday in Abuja.

Mr Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the party made the allegation in a news briefing in Abuja.

Adeyeye called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and ensure that the convention was not disrupted.

He said that the president was not involved in the plot but that some members of his party were out to cause confusion.

“We have credible information that some overzealous elements in the APC Government want to disrupt the PDP national convention.

“It is not from the very top; they know that if we have a hitch-free convention, it will mark the end of APC in power.

“We call on President Buhari to investigate and ensure that those who want to disrupt the convention refrain from doing so,” he said.

In another development, PDP has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will not vote at its December 9 national convention, which holds at Eagles Square, Abuja.

It said this is because of the provision of the Constitution that deals with new entrants into the party.

However, the party said he would be allowed to speak at the convention.

Citing the party constitution, Adeyeye said, “All you need to do is pick up the constitution of the party and see whether Atiku is qualified to vote or not.”

Speaking further, he said: “First of all, I can tell you that we are happy with Atiku coming back to the PDP. It is very exciting for all of us. It is a good omen to everybody in the PDP.

“He was one of the founding fathers, one of those who built this party and he is coming back home. His room was never occupied, so we have opened it for him.

“He will be part of this convention. He will even make a speech at the convention, but he may not be voting at the convention.”

Chapter 2 (Part 1) of the party’s constitution deals with admission of members into the party.

On procedure for rejoining, sections 8 and 9 explain, ” A person who desires to rejoin the party after leaving it shall –

(a) apply to his Ward Secretary for re-admission; and,

(b) unless given waiver by the National Working Committee, be placed on probation for a period of not less than one year.

(9) Subject to the provision of Section 8(b), a member on probation shall have the right to attend all meetings of the party, but shall not be entitled to vote at such meetings, nor shall he be eligible to contest for elective office on the platform of the party. ”

However, our correspondent gathered that the party was planning to amend the above sections at the convention.

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