Five attempts to stop PDP convention failed - Makarfi

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Saturday's non-elective national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will have over 3,000 delegates from across the country in attendance.

Okowa, who is the Chairman of the Convention Committee, said that the past two years presented great challenges to the party.

It was learnt that the issue was further discussed at various meetings held by some other caucuses, as well as the governors of the party last night and decisions were taken on how the issue will be tabled in such a way that will be acceptable to the party members without giving any sign of persecution.

He recalled that in the party at that time, internal democracy took a backstage, aggrieved party members were disregarded and impunity became the order of the day at various leadership levels in the party.

"We are not ideal and we would always learn from our mistake".

Senator Okowa and other party members reportedly set up "Another review committee to study the report of the constitution review committee and make recommendations as to how some positions would be zoned to the various regions".

"Let all presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to one primaries; whereas, all national chairmanship candidates from the 17 states of the South also be subjected to one primary to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalise democracy", he added.

"A collective leadership and partnership, resolved to do things right is all that we need to build the strength to recapture power", he said. PDP is a family and blood-related in the sense that we mean well for Nigerians.

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Many of our members that left earlier due to one form of disagreement or the other will return back to their party because the National Caretaker Committee has constituted a Reconciliation Committee as well as a Contact and Mobilisation Committee to reach out to them.

"Zoning of Presidency and Chairmanship of the Party".

Indeed. And the electorate can see through all the politicking and selfish interests in both the exits and the speeches of acceptance in new parties and what have you.

He stated: "We will continue to pray for the president".

Former President of the Senate, Sen.

The former number three citizen therefore counselled the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led special convention committee not to leave any stone unturned to guarantee a hitch free exercise.

"Those who are decamping from PDP to APC are fair weather friends of the Party".

"We are rebounding back, realising that there is a champion in each of us in the party".