The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued a statement on the forthcoming National Convention in Port Harcourt saying it is unchanged. It says:
The attention of 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.
Also in another press statement by Senator Abdul Ningi, a member of National Caretaker Committee, the Leadership of the party has directed that aspirants who have picked Nomination Forms to contest for various positions in the forthcoming National Convention holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday August 17, 2016 are to note the following activities:
• Screening Committee – 15 August, 2016
• Screening Appeal – 16 August, 2016
• Venue – PDP State Secretariat, Aba Road
Port Harcourt, Rivers State
• Time – 10:00 AM Each Day
All aspirants are to present themselves to the Screening Committee with their Original Certificates, Nomination Form and a set of photocopy.
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