The Zoning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for National Offices of the Party ahead of its October 30-31 National Convention, on Thursday, held a closed door meeting at Government House, Enugu,
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee and Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, said: “We had a fruitful meeting and we adjourned to conclude next week”.
Earlier in his welcome address, Ugwuanyi clarified that the committee has no mandate to zone political offices such as President or Vice President of Nigeria.
He added, “Our Committee is strictly limited to the PDP National Executive Offices to be contested at the 2021 PDP National Convention scheduled for the end of October, 2021”.
“We have no mandate to zone political offices such as President or Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he said.
Ugwuanyi maintained that the PDP remains the most credible platform to deliver good and accountable governance to Nigeria, adding that the work of the committee will contribute immensely” in this deliberate search for National Officers of our Party that will help PDP achieve the lofty ideals and goals of our founding fathers.
“The membership and leadership of this committee have been carefully selected as it is composed of very experienced, competent and eminent Nigerians who are desirous of repositioning the PDP to play its role not just as the main opposition political party in Nigeria but to build a party that offers alternative policy proposals and hope to Nigerians that there is still light at the end of the tunnel”, Ugwuanyi said.
He encouraged members of the committee to be frank, open and constructive in their proposals and debates, and also exhibit consistency with the enormity of their mandate.
Members of the committee present at the meeting include the Governor of Benue State and Deputy Chairman of the committee, Dr. Samuel Ortom, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State and secretary of the committee, Barr. Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed, former Presidents of the Senate, Senator Iyorchia Ayu and Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former Governor of Niger, Dr. Muazu Aliyu Babangida, former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna.
Others include, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, Rt. Hon. Sunday K. E Okoye, Chief Dan Orbih, Chief (Dr.) Ali Odefa, Amb. Mrs. Dr. Kema Chikwe, Chief Osita Chidoka, Chidi Lloyd, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Senator Emmanuel Nwaka, Engr. Donatus Udeh, among others.