As the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gets set to elect a new set of leaders, 90 persons have so far signified their intention to run for various offices.
The party is expected to hold a repeat National Convention in Port Harcourt on Wednesday where 22 positions will be vied for.
The chairman of the publicity sub-committee of the convention, Onyema Ugochukwu, said in a statement on Monday that of the 90 aspirants, five are for the position of national chairman, four for 1st Deputy National Chairman (South) and five for 2nd Deputy National Chairman (North).
He also said five aspirants are seeking to emerge as the National Secretary, 2 for Deputy National Secretary, while six aspirants are vying for the office of National Publicity Secretary.
“Recall that screening of aspirants is ongoing at the State Party Secretariat, Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and screening Appeal will begin on Tuesday, August 16, 2016,” Mr. Ugochukwu said.
“In compliance with the PDP’s Constitution from inception, all regional interests are usually accommodated in recognition of the Country’s diversity, and as such, the PDP has zoned the 2019 Presidency to the North and the National Chairmanship to the South. Other positions have also been zoned between North and South for equitable representation in the Party, respectively, he said.
He also said the Repeat National Convention will provide opportunity for PDP delegates to elect officers into the offices of National Chairman, 1st Deputy National Chairman (South), 2nd Deputy National Chairman (North), National Secretary, Deputy National Secretary, National Treasurer & Deputy, National Publicity Secretary & Deputy, National Legal Adviser & Deputy, National Woman Leader & Deputy, National Youth Leader & Deputy, National Organizing Secretary & Deputy, National Financial Secretary & Deputy and other National Ex-Officio members.
“The successful outcome of the August 17, 2016 National Convention will usher in fresh leaders that will manage the affairs of our great Party, the PDP, in order to rescue Nigerians from confusion and strife that the APC led Government has imposed on all of us.
“The PDP will continue playing its role after the Convention as the main opposition Party by providing alternative governance and remaining a solution-driven political Party to help the Government in power, and reposition itself to regain power in 2019 for our common good,” he said.
Mr. Ugochukwu said in only one year of the governing All Progressives congress, APC, led Government, “Nigerians are yearning for the return of the PDP to power given the fast disappearing democratic gains the Party achieved in 16 years of its Administration.
“It is noteworthy that all the values associated with our great Country as the giant of Africa and the fastest growing economy in Africa is being eroded.
“Just last week, South Africa has overtaken Nigeria as the biggest economy in Africa; herdsmen attack and kidnapping is becoming more prevalent; ethnic and tribal agitation for self-determination is on the increase; and the Government of the day is helpless in providing solution to all of these numerous problems bedeviling our dear Nation.
“We are ready to make amends as a Party and we are working with all stakeholders across the Country to restore our past glory,” he said. Premium Times