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No going back on national convention – PDP

THE Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party has said that nothing would stop it from holding the party’s national convention slated for August 17, 2016, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, Rivers State ad hoc Ward/National Delegate Congress, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, made this remark while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

Ihedioha, who said he was in Rivers State to ensure a peaceful ward congress, explained that the PDP was confident that the convention would hold.

He maintained that the party would not be distracted by agents of destabilisation, who were bent on going against the ideals of the party.

Describing the factional chairman of the PDP, Senator Modu Sheriff as an interloper, Ihedioha pointed out that Sheriff reneged on his pledge to be the acting chairman of the party for only three months.

He said, “We will be focused and confident that the national convention of the PDP will hold. We cannot be distracted by agents that are against the ideals of our party.

“Sheriff is an interloper. No one has the authority to say that he has cancelled or suspended the convention. Decisions were taken at a national convention that was held in Port Harcourt. The party constitution is supreme.”

Earlier, the Rivers State chapter of the PDP absolved the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, of any link with the militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers.

State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that those behind the allegation were attempting to tarnish the image of the governor.

Explaining that the governor was working with security agencies in the state to get rid of criminals, Nwanosike wondered why anybody would link Wike with sponsoring of militancy.

He said, “A few days ago, we read reports which went viral on the social media that Governor Nyesom Wike is one of the sponsors of the Niger Delta Avengers.  Our governor has no relationship with the group.

“The governor is working with security agencies to tackle insecurity in the state. He has provided security gadgets and vehicles for the police. The governor has fought insecurity in the state. Those behind the story want to tarnish the image of the governor.

“Those behind this concocted story should desist from such and join hands with the governor to build a strong and peaceful Rivers State.  The governor has no relationship with such a group in the past, present and future.

“The security agencies in Nigeria have full details of those behind the Niger Delta Avengers and should act accordingly.

“Governor Wike has taken the battle to the criminals’ hideouts by demolishing their houses and shanties. The story linking Wike to Niger Delta Avengers was aimed at ridiculing the governor and tarnishing his image, but it will not work,” Nwanosike insisted.The Punch



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