Top Adamawa politicians berate Atiku's return to the PDP
Dec 05 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said the party did not at any time adopt any concession plan on automatic ticket for Atiku at the detriment of other contenders.
The chairman of the PDP Convention Planning Committee, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, warned 2019 presidential aspirants and their agents against displaying their posters at the convention.
Atiku while giving his speech said there has been speculations in the media that he will return "home" to the PDP and he has finally made the return.
"We are glad he has returned to the party which gave him the opportunity to vie for positions both as a governor and as a vice-president".
Meanwhile, a group, Arewa PDP Pathfinders, yesterday backed the demand of Northern Elders and Leaders Forum (NELF) for the Southwest to produce the next national chairman of the party.
The committee has banned all presidential aspirants in the party from displaying their posters, mobilizing their supporters or campaigning at the convention.
"We also know he contributed in no small way to our defeat during the 2015 presidential election. We are happy about that", a source told the newspaper.
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He said the Eagle Square, where the event would hold, had been secured. So are all other PDP men and women are free to pursue whatever political aspirations they may have.
Okowa, who spoke in Abuja shortly after the inauguration of the various convention committees, said no campaign of any kind would be allowed at the convention.
Addressing the crowd, the deputy governor thanked the defectors for the honour done to him by returning to PDP, just as he assured them that they would not have any cause to leave the party again.
Just as the PDP was putting the finishing touches to its convention, its state chapter in Taraba consolidated its position in the state, when no fewer than 7,000 members of the APC defected to the party in Gassol Local Government Area at the weekend.
Majority of the people TVC News spoke to described Atiku as a desperate politician who has come to the end of his career. I want to urge aspirants to the various positions to please keep their campaigners away from the convention venue and we believe all campaigns would have stopped by Friday. "I want to urge them to cooperate with us as a committee", he pleaded.
"For those who want to campaign for future election, possibly the presidential aspirants, this convention is not the place to display campaign posters or to display their intentions".