Atiku’ll Speak At Saturday’s National Convention–PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has said former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will not vote at its December 9 national convention, which holds at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

Atiku who returned to the PDP after a four-year sojourn in the All Progressives Congress (APC) announced his return to the party last Sunday ahead of the convention.

The Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke with journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, said the party’s constitution should be used as a guide on the issue.

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“All you need to do is pick up the constitution of the party and see whether Atiku is qualified to vote or not,” Adeyeye stated.

When pressed further, he said, “First of all, I can tell you that we are happy with Atiku coming back to the PDP. It is very exciting for all of us. It is a good omen to everybody in the PDP.

“He was one of the founding fathers, one of those who built this party and he is coming back home. His room was never occupied, so we have opened it for him.

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“He will be part of this convention. He will even make a speech at the convention but he may not be voting at the convention.”

Chapter 2, Section 8 of the PDP Constitution says, “A person who desires to rejoin the party after leaving it shall (a) Apply to his ward secretary for re-admission; and (b) Unless given waiver by the National Working Committee (NWC), be placed on probation for a period of not less than one year.”

Section 9 says: “Subject to the provision of Section 8(b), a member on probation shall have the right to attend all meetings of the party, but shall not be entitled to vote at such meetings, nor shall he be eligible to contest for elective office on the platform of the party.”

The party also alleged that some “over-zealous elements” in government were planning to disrupt the party’s national convention and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the issue and stop the “plot” in order to save democracy in the land.

The party said Buhari should specifically guarantee massive security for the success of the convention, explaining that it would be to Mr. President’s credit if a peaceful and transparent convention of the leading opposition party was conducted ‎under his regime.

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