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Politics of Wednesday, 27 October 2021


PDP convention: Senator Ekweremadu acknowledges receipt of petitions against Arapaja, others

Senator Ike Ekweremadu Senator Ike Ekweremadu

Ahead of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to hold in Abuja on October 30, delegates to the convention who are members of the Ekiti state chapter may be excluded and not allowed to join others in electing new members of the National Working Committee.

It was revealed that Chairman, Accreditation Subcommittee, who is also the governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, made this known on Tuesday while adding that one other state may also suffer similar fate.

Okowa said if court order surfaces in respect of the delegates, the party will have no choice than to exclude such people.

‘There are no issues concerning delegates election. But in about one or two states, we still have issues, people contending in court as to whether some elected officials in the affected states should be there.

The first one is Ekiti state and one other state. The legal adviser will before the end of the day offer us advice on it so that we will know what to do. So I don’t think we will have any issue with that.

We may likely not have conflicting delegates, but wherever we think that there is a court order, we have no choice than to exclude those delegates. Except for the statutory delegates who by their right and positions held in the past are not by reasons of election suppose to be delegates’ he said.

Some party members have also submitted petitions against Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, Dr Eddy Olafeso and others, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who heads the Appeal Subcommittee, has disclosed.

Party members who were not satisfied with the outcome of the screening committee’s report can according to him get such addressed by making use of the appeal process.

‘The appeal process is what is taking place today under my leadership as chairman of the screening appeal committee’ he said.

The 24-member committee, he added, comprises people with vast knowledge and experience, whom the party believes will be able to correct any injustice if there’s any.

‘It is in pursuant of that, that this morning after receiving some complaints that we decided to meet and look into them.

On the whole, we received about five appeals, one is in respect of the non clearance of the Deputy National Secretary, by the aspirant himself, Hon. Akintan Kareem.

There is also a petition in respect of clearance of the Deputy National Youth Leader from Edo state for not being a party member, he is Timothy Osadolor.

One of the petitions is in respect of Usman Sani Shehu, an aspirant for National Youth Leader , it centres on alleged forgery of certificates and age falsification.

We also received an appeal in respect of another aspirant for youth leader, Mohammed Usman for non resignation of current position as a youth leader in his ward.

We also received the petition against the clearance of Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja as Deputy National Chairman (South) , it centres on non resignation as National Vice-Chairman.

We received three petitions, two of those petitions were in respect of the clearance of Senator Sam Anyanwu as aspirant for National Secretary claiming that he had taken the party to court previously, against the party’s constitution without exploring the internal mechanism of the party for complaints.

There’s also a third petition actually in support of the disqualification of Dr Eddy Olafeso as aspirant for National Publicity Secretary. But you will note that Dr Eddy did not appeal his non clearance..

But no matter what is our feelings about those appeals and petitions, what we intend to do as a very responsible body is to listen to all those that have written to us and hear from them, look at the documents before us and possibly we will reconvene to assess the presentations and documents and be able to drop a report, which we will send to the party as soon as possible’ he said