Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
The Chairman of the Accreditation Subcommittee of the National Convention of the Democratic Party of Peoples (PDP) on Saturday, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa said Friday the planning and outcome of the convention would prove the party was ready to save Nigeria from the prevailing challenges.
Okowa, the governor of Delta, made this known in his remarks at a meeting of the committee in the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
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He said the PDP was ready to take the lead in the center in 2023, stressing that the convention would strengthen unity and democracy not only in the party but in the country.
The chairman of the committee announced that the party had reached consensus on most of the electoral positions at Congress, adding that only two positions remained open to competition.
However, he expressed the hope that a consensus would also apply on the remaining position after the efforts of the party leadership.
The Delta Governor urged members of the committee to maintain transparency, objectivity and fairness in the performance of their duties, saying that the committee’s role is the “soul of the convention.”
He said that only those who have been accredited by the committee will be allowed to vote at the Congress, stressing that there is no possibility of overcrowding at the venue.
Okowa reiterated that the convention would send a signal to the party in power that their time was up and asked for the assistance of PDP members in rebuilding the party for greater success.
“I welcome you all to this meeting and I hope that we will do our work as carefully as possible so that at the end of the day the PDP will be proud of our work as the accreditation subcommittee.
“Processes need to be put in place to ensure that only those who have been properly accredited can vote at the Congress.
“People look up to us and expect that by the end of the day we would have done what should have been done, and done properly.
“If there is trust in the convention, that trust has to start with the accreditation process and we have to do our best for this country.
“We don’t expect a controversial convention because we are doing our best within the party leadership to ensure that we limit the extent of the confrontation at the convention.
“The PDP believes in consensus, so we are still talking to the candidates and within the party leadership to see how we can reduce competition and I believe we can come to an agreement as much as possible,” he said.
The governor further noted that if the party failed to reach consensus on some positions as expected, there would be competition in the various positions.
“As of this morning, there are only two of the positions on which we have not been able to reach a consensus at the moment.
“We were able to establish consensus on every other position. So we look forward to a very peaceful congress that we believe can strengthen our party and send the right message to Nigerians that we as a party are really ready to save this nation.
“As a party, we must use this convention to prove to Nigerians that we are genuinely ready to take over governance for the benefit of our nation and our people. So let’s have that in our hearts as we do the job right.
“It is our prayer that not every position will be contested so we just go in and cast the yes votes.
“But even if we are fighting for a vote or two, we have to make sure that things are transparent and that the whole world can see that we are a democratic party and that we are ready to do so. It is right, the right message to Nigerians to send that we are really prepared for the future, ”he added.