Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Douye Diri have emerged as chairman and deputy chairman of the planning committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who announced this, said it was part of the resolutions reached at the party’ s 93rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, held on Thursday, September 9, in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan, stated that the all important NEC meeting, was called to firm up plans for the October 30 convention, noting that Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, will serve as the secretary of the convention committee.
In the same vein, Ologbondiyan said that NEC also approved the appointment of Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as chairman of the PDP zoning committee while his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom is the deputy chairman of the zoning committee.
On the hand, the deputy governor of Zamfara State, Mohammed Mahdi will serve as secretary of the committee.
Ologbondiyan, said NEC also received the report of the Senator David Mark-led committee, appointed to address the lingering court cases against the leadership of the PDP, assuring that the issues would be laid to rest soon.
Sources at the meeting said the governors were initially opposed to the choice of Fintiri because of his loyalty and closeness to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is vying for the Presidential ticket of the party in the 2023 election but later discarded their fears to embrace him as head of the convention planning committee.
Following the success of the NEC meeting, governors have now taken over the affairs of the party, leaving suspended national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus as the biggest loser.
Thursday’s NEC meeting was attended by Atiku, 13 governors of the party, former PDP governors as well as members of the NEC and Board of Trustees.