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PDP convention: We cannot afford another mistake —Mark

The Chairman of the PDP Convention Planning Committee and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed this when he led party bigwigs on inspection of Eagles Square, venue of today's 2017 non-elective convention.

He said the party must insist that any member of the caretaker committee interested in running for the offices of the president, governor or senate in the 2019 general election should step down now. Wali Jubrin, assured that the board would not allow the party to die.

However, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye told newsmen on Friday that the PDP National Caretaker Committee extended an olive branch to Senator Sheriff because, the party adopted a policy of "no victor, no vanquished" in order to move the party forward.

"Ours is a party firmly anchored on the grassroots, connected to the people in a unique way that recognises that power truly belongs to the people".

"As we speak there is no complete party officials in states such as Borno, Adamawa and many others", our source said.

"We just came to see what is on ground, I believe that our people will be safe because we have everything under control, we are not expecting any hitches at all, we are doing very well as a party and as a committee, in this kind of planning you will have some challenges here and there but there are solutions being proffered for every one of it and we are confident that we are on the right track and it shall be well on Saturday", he said.

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The committee chairman said that the fact that the party became a victim of its own success was one of the sobering lessons that it learnt from its defeat.

"Any time longer than three months will not be in the best interest of the Party and its members". Darius Ishaku, Gombe state, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwanbo, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, Rear Admiral, John Jonah, Deputy Governor of Cross River state, Professor Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi state, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, National Vice Chairmen, State Chairmen, Party stalwarts and other leaders of the PDP nationwide.

"First, it afforded us the rare opportunity to look inwards and do some soul-searching". God took us out of a major crisis that nearly killed the party. Like the saying goes, 'sometimes you have to go through the wilderness before you get to the Promised Land'. They can now compare and contrast. We must condition our hearts for a new beginning.

"They remember with nostalgia the good era of PDP when we were in power".

"It is time, brothers and sisters, to come back home".

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