• Debunks printing of limited nomination forms

Amidst controversies over the sharing of offices, the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will today decide on the zoning of national offices of the party ahead of the May 21 national convention.
This is coming as the party yesterday debunked speculations that it printed only one nomination form for each of the offices that will be contested during the congresses and national convention.
Fielding questions from Journalists at the Wadata house, the PDP National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo said the National Executive Committee of the party will hold its meeting Thursday after the meetings of the other organs that would precede it.
He said although time is short, however, the level of attention on the party would make it easy for the members of the respective organs of the party to be assembled to meet and discuss for the advancement of the party.
He explained that there is not much variance in the membership composition of the national caucus, national executive committee, Board of trustees and the national working committees.
According to him, “NEC is certain to hold tomorrow (Thursday), like I told you, committees are already sitting and working. Luckily, every attention is focused in Abuja now, and at very short notice, we can get the members of National Caucus, BoT and members of NEC.
“But, do not forget that actually members of BoT are Members of NEC actually, the two meetings can dovetail into one hour.
“Remember the Caucus is almost a sub-sect of NEC, it is the leadership of the party that constitutes the national caucus. These organs of the party are separate in theory but intertwined in reality. It doesn’t create any problem, we can do it in one hour.
“Anything we have to do, the national working committee will have to sit on it first, then pass it to caucus for advice, move to the BoT for consultation and then we move to NEC for approval.
Reacting to the allegation that the party produced only one nomination form for each for the offices to be contested during the congresses and convention, Oladipo dismissed this allegation as “Absolutely wrong. Not true, we produced enough forms for all offices to be contested for.
He said sales of form commenced on Monday evening and stressed that the national chairman of the party, being a system person, wanted all issues sorted with regards to accountability to the party which he considers as fair to all members of the party.
“Actually we started on Monday. We do not want to do things haphazardly; the new National Chairman is a system person. We really had this planned so that all departments that are relevant to this will get on board, the office of the Organising secretary, of course the national secretary office, the national chairman’s office, the national financial secretary office and the national auditor’s office.
“We only put a system in place that will ensure smooth running of the exercise and in particular, accountability to be fair to all and members of our great party.
“We want to be able to say this is the number of forms we sold, this is how much we generated and then the party will sit and decide on what to do with the funds for the advancement of the party, Professor Adewale Oladipo stated.
The zoning committee of the party which met last night at Transcorp hotel, Abuja, to put finishing touches to its report is headed by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.

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