The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has convened an emergency meeting to explore the possibility of postponing the party’s convention, which is set to take place on Saturday.
The meeting’s primary agenda item, according to reports, is the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) decision to extend the date for the conclusion of party primaries.
Remember that on Friday evening, the electoral commission extended the deadline for parties to hold their primaries, moving it from June 3 to June 9.
During the conference, the PDP will consider whether the extension will give the ruling All Progressives Congress an unfair edge in next February’s presidential election.
“We have strong reasons to believe that the extension was announced by INEC today to allow the APC properly digest the outcome of PDP’s convention and pick its candidate accordingly,” a PDP official with information about the meeting’s agenda told Newsmen.
He said: “We were supposed to have our convention a day apart, but this latest move could give APC a window to shift its convention by additional days just to properly strategise against whoever emerged as flag-bearer at our convention.”
The PDP had scheduled its presidential primary for May 28-29; while the APC picked May 29-30.
“Postponement will be a very difficult pill to swallow at this point,” party member Wale Odulana told The Gazette. “We arrived on Wednesday and we planned everything towards this weekend.”
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