PDP’s Money-For-Votes Convention Questions Plan To Reclaim Power In 2019

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP national convention on Saturday has been described as height of corruption that can happen in any party politics, the All Progressives Congress has said in a statement.


The APC likened the opposition party to the leopard, which, it says, cannot change its spots, saying it would be counterproductive to have PDP back in power while the party failed to conduct an ordinary convention.


APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi said: “With rrevelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress is mindful of the popular axiom, ‘A leopard cannot change its spot.’”


The APC said the “abnormalities” that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as “a party that is not ready or willing to change.”


“Indeed, the PDP has, once again, displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.


“Again, it is tragic that the PDP which used to pride itself as the biggest political party in Africa has now been reduced to a regional party.


“By frustrating (its) South West chairmanship candidates, it is unfortunate that the PDP has decided to punish the South West for not voting for the party in 2015.


“We urge members of the PDP that can pass the integrity test to join the APC so that we can, together, bring about the much-needed change the country deserves”. (NAN)

APC Moves National Convention To 2018

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted its much anticipated mid-term national convention until the first quarter of 2018.

The change in date was communicated by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, while speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.

He, however, said the meetings of the party’s National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) would hold as planned next week.

“I can tell you that the convention is not going to take place until the first quarter of next year. There will not be any implosion or explosion because we are not going to invite Boko Haram to the convention.

“Let me emphasise that we have not decided on the date of the convention because we have to hold NEC meeting that will agree on a date and agenda for the convention,” Abdullahi said.

The ruling party had been postponing the conduct of its convention since the March 24, 2016 NEC meeting, where it was resolved that the party’s constitution should be amended.

Though no reason was given for this resolution, it is understood that it might not be unconnected to the party’s funding challenge and the fear that the convention might be used to effect an “unexpected leadership change” in the ruling party.