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Akwa Ibom PDP Scribe Predicts Competitive National Convention

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Posted: Aug 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri

Uyo – Amid uncertainties and court cases on the emergence of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Akparawa Iniobong Ememobong, Akwa Ibom State chapter publicity secretary, has said he expects a keenly contested national convention on August 17, 2016.

Speaking with Independent on Thursday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Ememobong said PDP members expect those gunning for the office to campaign widely, and they look forward to an open and competitive race.

He said that as a party without a president at the centre, the issue of alliances and negotiations would be minimised. Winners would only emerge on the strength of their manifestos and perceived competence.

“I foresee a very competitive convention. Let people campaign, but we have zoned the national chairmanship to the South-West, which has never tasted the position, and zoning is an integral part of the party, it is enshrined in our constitution.

“We are not like some people whom their entire executive council can come from one region,” he said.

The PDP publicity secretary, who regretted that the party went to the ballot against itself during the 2015 elections, said that measures had taken to reconcile aggrieved members and restore oneness in the party.

“We are putting our house in order?; we lost during the last general election because our people internally decided to embrace a deceptive change. In most states, it was PDP against PDP, if the opposition was very strong, why could it not bring out candidates?

“In Akwa Ibom State, the political parties that paraded people for the election took people from PDP, people who could not pass nomination in PDP became the beautiful bride for the other parties.

“So, it was a house divided against itself; APC had no original candidate,” he said.