PDP adopts consensus arrangements in Kwara ward congress

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday adopted consensus arrangements in its ward congresses conducted across the 193 wards in Kwara State.

Tribune Online gathered that officials from the PDP national headquarters and representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were on the ground to supervise the exercise.

At some of the wards visited in the Ilorin metropolis, party officials were seen announcing nominations of contenders while delegates affirmed their acceptance.

In a statement by the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, the party commended members of for the conduct of the ward congress.

Ashaolu noted that the leadership of the party was impressed by the conduct of members of the party during the exercise that was monitored by officials from the national secretariat of the party.

“As a party that respects due process and is committed to internal democracy, we welcome the choices made by delegates during the ward congress.

“The ward congress is part of several efforts we are taking as a party to strengthen our support base at the grassroots and also build a formidable party that is ready to take over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration”, he said.

It was, however, gathered that alleged political friction among leaders of the party in the state, led to a boycott of some notable party leaders in the state.

One of the PDP members at Baboko area of the state capital, Abubakar Abdulgafar, said that prominent among the causes of the reported boycott is the power play between the former President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and a former Minister and current Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Sulaiman.

A group loyal to Sulaiman had in a press release prior to today’s congress stated that the current executives who were elected in 2018 are expected to spend four years tenure according to the Constitution of the party, vowing to drag the party to court.

“Many prominent members of the party also stayed away from the Congress in apparent support for the constitutional rights of the present executives across the 16 local government areas of the state,” he said.

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