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PDP to hold national convention by December 9

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has fixed December 9, 2017 for its national convention, where national officers are also expected to be elected.

The National Executive Committee of the party would however, need to ratify the date and the agenda for the convention although the various leadership organs of the party are said to have been informally informed about the date, PUNCH reports.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a top member of the party said, “The party has fixed December 9 for the national convention. The convention will be used to elect new national officers of the party and also be used to ratify the party’s new constitution.

“The constitution will take effect immediately after the ratification and will be binding on all members including those being expected to join us from other political parties.”

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The top source said copies of the expected amendment had been distributed to members of the party and its leaders in the country.

The convention, it was further learnt, would be used to solidify the zoning of the party’s presidential ticket to the North.

However, our correspondent learnt that there were contending forces within the party who had been pressurizing the party to compel its governors from the South to allow all contestants interested in the office of the national chairman vie for it at the convention.

In order to achieve this, some power brokers were also said to be mounting pressure on the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee to set up a new zoning committee.

Makarfi however said that the caretaker committee would not bow to such pressure which he said if considered, is capable of brewing fresh crisis in the party.

This implies, as earlier reported by Naija News, that the last zoning, which was handled by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. Dave Umahi, will be used by the party.