Atiku Will Speak At Saturday’s National Convention – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party has said former Vice-President Atiku
Abubakar will not vote at its December 9 national convention, which
holds at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

It says this is because of the provision of the party’s constitution that deals with new entrants into the party.

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

Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP,
Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke
with journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on
Wednesday, said the party’s constitution should be used as a guide on
the issue.

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

pressed 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.

Procedure for rejoining, Sections 8 and 9 explain, “A person, who
desires to rejoin the party after leaving it shall apply to his Ward
Secretary for re-admission; and unless given a waiver by the National
Working Committee, he willbe placed on probation for a period of not
less than one year.

“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 elective office on the platform of the party.”

One of our correspondents gathered that the party was planning to amend the above sections at the convention.

The expected amendment will place returnees on six months probation before they could contest any position or be voted for.

who was a foundation member of the party, defected to the All
Progressives Congress in 2014, claiming that the then opposition party
would be his “last bus stop.”

However, he left the APC about a week ago, and returned to the PDP on Sunday.

Adeyeye has alleged that some agents of the Federal Government were
planning to disrupt the party’s national convention.

He said the
former ruling party had what he described as credible information that
some overzealous elements in the government were planning to disrupt the

Stating that there was nothing to show that
President Muhammadu Buhari was part of the plot, the spokesman pleaded
with the President to intervene and caution the unnamed aides.

added, “They have been trying every effort but we are happy that we
have no information that it is coming from the very top.

some overzealous elements in the administration are bent on disrupting
it. It is very credible information. They are doing everything possible
to make sure that this convention is disrupted.

“They are afraid that if the PDP should hold a successful convention, that their days in government are numbered.

the time we hold this convention and our officers are elected and they
take offices next year, there will be a floodgate of people even from
the APC to the PDP.

“This is credible information and that is why
we are appealing to President Buhari to please rein in his aides. We
have evidence that the President is aware of this.

“It is
happening and we are calling on him to do his own investigation and to
call those who are trying to cause this problem to desist because it is
capable not only of destroying this democracy but also capable of
destroying the country.”

In another development, the Chairman of
the Convention Planning Committee, who is also the Governor of Delta
State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has summoned all the 37 state chairmen of the
party to an emergency meeting.

The meeting, which will hold in Abuja on Friday, it was gathered, would enable Okowa to discuss the delegates’ list.

There are rumours that some persons are planning to tamper with the list.

however, said there was no truth in the allegation, stating that the
list would be made available to each aspirant at least 48 hours before
the convention.