Just has APC postponed her presidential Primay election, eagle’s sight news learned that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, has convened an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee in a bid to examine urgent issues arising, including the likelihood of rescheduling its national convention slated for today.
The NWC meeting, which is currently underway in Abuja, is anticipated to deal with issues around the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the deadline for the conclusion of party primaries across the country.The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, had in what could be dubbed swift reaction following INEC’s extension of deadline for party primaries and submission of candidates’ lists by additional six days announced late Friday that the party’s presidential will now hold between June 6 and 7 as against the earlier date, May 29 and 30.
According to westernmirror, it was earlier reported exclusively that the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Debo Ologunagba in a phone conversation with this online medium reaffirmed PDP’s readiness to go ahead with its planned national convention slated for today.Ologunagba who accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the INEC extension of the deadline said PDP had suspicion all along that such action would be taken stressing that the opposition party remained unfazed with the new development.
INEC had earlier in a statement on Friday night, explained how it was urged by the council of political parties to extend the time for primaries following outstanding issues emanating from the exercise across the country.
The decision made way to shift the primaries’ deadline from June 3 to June 9.Owing to the development, the main opposition party convened its officials to take a stand on whether or not the deadline extension would give the All Progressives Congress an edge in the presidential election come 2023.
An official of the party who has the itinerary of the meeting, Friday night, said “We have strong reasons to believe that the extension was announced by INEC today to allow the APC properly digest the outcome of the PDP’s convention and pick its candidate accordingly.”“We were supposed to have our convention a day apart, but this latest move could give the APC a window to shift its convention by additional days just to properly strategise against whoever emerged as flag-bearer at our convention.”