PDP National Convention Going On In PH Says Governor Wike

PDP National Convention Going On In PH Says Governor Wike

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

The Chairman  of  the  Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP)  National Convention Planning Committee and Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has declared  that  the  2016 convention  is going on in Port Harcourt. 

He said  though there are two conflicting  court orders on the  conduct of  the  National Convention,  lawyers of the party have filed stay of execution  processes and appealed both orders, hence the party has not disobeyed any subsisting  order.

He noted that under legal procedures,  once a court order  is timeously  challenged, an affected  party cannot  said to have disobeyed any order.

Addressing newsmen  at the Government House,  Port Harcourt on Friday,  Governor  Wike  said  that  today’s   national  convention  in the  Garden City is the  only one recognised  by law, with all the necessary  legal steps obsessed. 

He said the parallel  convention  being talked about  has no place in the party structure  as it has no connection  to the legally constituted organs of  the  party.

The  press conference  had Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state,  Engr David Umahi  of Ebonyi State and the  Senate Minority  Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio in attendance.

He explained  that  the  Port Harcourt  convention  of the party is the only recognised  by  law because  it was approved by  all the  organs of the party.

According  to  him,  the National Working Committee,  NWC, the Board of  Trustees,  the National Executive Committee and the Governors Forum upheld  that the convention  be held in  the  Rivers State capital.

He said: “All our 12 elected governors, National  Assembly  members,  State Assembly  members  and key leaders are already  in Port Harcourt  for the  convention. 

“INEC  has already recognised  this convention and it will be  in Port Harcourt  to observe the convention  as required by  law”.

In his remarks,  Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio welcomed  all PDP  delegates to the convention.

Secretary  of  the  National Convention Planning Committee and Ebonyi State Governor, Engr David Umahi urged delegates  to the  convention  to conduct  themselves  peacefully  during  the  convention.