Following the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention that will produce new party chairman, one of the party’s National Chairmanship aspirants, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has said that all the eight chairmanship aspirants would sign a peace accord as part of their commitment toward successful convention.
Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communications, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen after the PDP Governors Forum met with all aspirants in Enugu, which ended at the early hour of Monday.
Dokpesi disclosed that all the aspirants had agreed to sign the peace accord at the party’s national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, by 4 p.m.
He described the move as part of efforts by the aspirants to ensure that the party comes out of the convention stronger and united.
“With that accord being signed we are going to look forward to a very peaceful and harmonious convention.”
Asked if the issue of zoning came up at the meeting of the forum with the aspirants, Dokpesi said the party was explicit enough on the issue of zoning.
He said that while the party’s presidential ticket was zoned to the North, the position of chairman’s was zoned to the South, without specific reference to states or geopolitical region.
He said that the candidates had agreed to work together
“After the zoning principle, all the aspirants have agreed to work together to come up with a common position. Anybody can contest.
“If the party in its wisdom and the aspirants agreed within themselves and notify the party early enough that would be fine.”
Also asked if the issue of a consensus candidate was deliberated at the meeting Dokpesi said “no, but that did not mean there were no discussions among the aspirants.
“Today on the way forward, a few of the aspirants met in the morning and in the afternoon and discussed which solution can be adopted.”
Dokpesi added that following the meeting he would go ahead with his campaign and consultation to fulfill his ambition.
The Governor of Ekiti and Chairman of the Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, said that the party national convention, scheduled for Dec. 9, would be a world class that other political parties would emulate.
Fayose said that the party had work hard and it has all it takes to win the Saturday Anambra Governorship election.
“We are using this opportunity to demand that the election should be credible. It should not only be credible but seen to be credible.
“We want to believe that Nigeria is of age to organise election that is acceptable at home and internationally, on Nov. 18 in Anambra,” Fayose added
In attendance were, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, all the PDP governors, except Ebonyi represented by his deputy.
Other aspirants at the meeting were Chief Bode George, Gbenga Daniel, Prince Uche Secondus, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja and Rashid Ladoja.
Also in attendance were Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate; Gabriel Susuwan, former Benue Governor, Adolphus Nwabara, and Sule Lamido
NIGERIA MOST PROSPEROUS BLACK NATION IN THE WORLD, PRESIDENT BUHARI DECLARES AT UNVEILING OF THEME, LOGO FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Unveiling the theme and logo for the commemorative activities to celebrate 60 years of independence, President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja described Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, as the most prosperous black nation in the world.
Nigeria at 60 theme, TOGETHER, with the logo was projected and unveiled virtually on the 12 by 20 feet screen at the Council Chambers, before the commencement of the e-Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari.
The President performed the exercise in the presence of some cabinet ministers and other members of the council who joined the meeting online.
”Today, we stand on the threshold of history as we formally begin a series of activities commemorating Nigeria’s Diamond Anniversary.
”The task history has saddled me with today is to proclaim a theme that will keep us united, help us forge ahead and unveil a logo that will form the critical pillars which our 11-month modest commemorative activities would rest on.
”Celebrating sixty years of independence really calls for pomp, but the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world to think and act differently, has also foisted on us the imperative of a low-keyed celebration.
”Operating within the limitations placed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we created an internet challenge for Nigerians to make a choice from a set of four pre-selected logos that would appropriately define the theme.
”Of these four options, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in making a choice and I am happy to let you know that the logo I would be unveiling is a product of choice from the Nigerian people,” President Buhari said.
Speaking further on the logo, the President declared:
”The selected option depicts our togetherness, a country of over 200 million people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious DIAMOND we are.
”This, to me, is a special appreciation to our most precious asset – our people. Everywhere you go, Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in academia, business, innovation, music, movie, entertainment, fashion and culture.
”Furthermore, the neatly encrusted Diamond on the Nigerian Map symbolizes our age of treasure, the worth of the Nigerian people with our sparkle to the admiration of the world.
‘‘In the same vein, the pear green and dark green colours should respectively remind us of our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land.
‘‘All these properties make us unarguably the most prosperous black nation in the world and Africa’s largest economy.’’
On the theme of TOGETHER, President Buhari recounted that the country’s founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue came together to fight for Nigeria’s independence.
‘‘This shall be a befitting tribute to the struggles of our heroes past,’’ he said.
The President thanked members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Nigeria’s Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration for the work they have done so far, reminding them ‘‘that this is just the beginning.’’
President Buhari pledged that his government would work towards greater inclusiveness and look forward to the participation of all Nigerians in the celebration.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 16, 2020
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