– The planned national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for August 17 in Port Harcourt will go as planned , Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said

– Wike added that leaders of the PDP in the Southern geopolitical zones would meet  to determine the zoning of positions

The planned national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for August 17 in Port Harcourt will go as planned , Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said. Wike said court had yet to hear the suit filed by “sacked” Senator Ali Modu Sheriff challenging the holding of the event. He said this while addressing the South-South executive committee of the PDP at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.

“The court could not have sacked Senator Makarfi because it cannot sit on appeal on the judgment of a court of coordinate jurisdiction,” Wike said.

The governor pointed out that the Edo State chapter of the PDP would get the backing of the party to win the forthcoming governorship election. “The PDP in the South-South cannot be complete until we take over Edo State. Therefore, I urge INEC to conduct free and fair election in Edo State and every other state where we have elections.

“I thank the party in Edo State for doing quite well in their campaigns. As an opposition party, they have promoted the party’s chances through committed campaigns,” he said. Wike added that leaders of the PDP in the Southern geopolitical zones would meet  to determine the zoning of positions. The governor further said that the PDP would emerge stronger from its current challenges, adding that Nigerians were waiting for the party to provide leadership. Meanwhile, the Rivers state commissioner for information and communication, Dr Austin Tam- George has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency disband the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.