Godswill Akpabio begs Nigerians
Senator Godswill Akpabio has pleaded with Nigerians to consider the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections because of the democratic principles the party has followed in recent times.
The Senate Minority Leader made the plea when he spoke with journalists in Abia state after an inter-denominational thanksgiving service in honour of Senator Mao Ohuabunwa for his victory at the Abia north senatorial rerun election, Daily Trust reports.
Akpabio said: “As a party, we are happy with the arrangement made so far. Last week, we met with the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party and we agreed that the timetable for the party congress remains sacrosanct. So, the convention will take place on May 21 to elect new leaders for the party.
“I believe it will go in a normal process. We are democrats. I believe strongly there will be no imposition and no impunity. As a party, we show our democratic disposition during the last presidential election. We lost the presidency. We congratulated the winners and we peacefully handed over power.
“Today, other countries are emulating the PDP. We expect the same thing to happen at the various congresses. Let me also use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to consider the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 presidency.”
Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed to resist any move by the party’s national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff or his loyalists to extend his tenure beyond May 21.
Acting BOT chairman Senator Walid Jibrin yesterday, March 29 warned that any move by Sheriff to covertly extend his tenure beyond the agreed date could throw the party into trouble, The Nation reports.
Jibrin reacting to alleged moves by Ali Modu Sheriff to either remain in office or make sure that the office of the national chairman is zoned to the north-east in order to enable him retain the seat, urged the former Borno state governor to ignore those he described as sycophants and praise singers and to vacate the seat after the party’s national convention.