Nigeria’s opposition PDP holds convention ahead of 2023 elections
Nigeria’s main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is holding a national convention to elect its leaders ahead of the 2023 general elections.
At least 3,600 delegates are converging in the country’s capital Abuja, on 30 and 31 October after Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, on Friday, dismissed the suit filed by the suspended national chairman Uche Secondus challenging his suspension and seeking to stop the event.
About 21 positions in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party will be contested for by at least 27 candidates at the convention.
According to reports, most of the candidates will be elected unopposed following successful negotiations by the National Convention Organizing Committee led by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State as well as other leaders of the party to get a consensus candidate for each position.
As the convention kicked off Fintiri, has told delegates that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), has brought the country to a level that has never been seen before.
He said in his address at the event taking place at Eagle Square that the APC is hell-bent on bringing the country to recession on all fronts.
According to him, the performance of the ruling party has proved that Nigeria is far better with the PDP. “The 2021 National Convention, presents a starting point for the Nigeria rescue mission. I commend the decision of all the organs of the party, especially the BoT and NEC for recognizing that the party has a beautiful chance to reinvent itself with this convention,” he noted.
General elections will be held in Nigeria on 18 February 2023 to elect the President, Vice President, House of Representatives, and Senate. With President Muhammadu Buhari having been elected to the office of president twice, he is ineligible for reelection.
ABOUT 17 months to the 2023 presidential elections, a number of Nigerian politicians are being touted as messiahs that would take the country to the promised land after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari. Some of the candidates mentioned include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of PDP and ruling party APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.