By Akanimo Sampson
PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, in Southern Nigeria, that they are pressing ahead with their National Convention as planned.
The party claimed that they are not aware of any court order purportedly halting the event.
Already, their Acting National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has assured that the party will embark on an aggressive reconciliation process after the convention to ensure that every interest group is carried along.
He spoke after he was screened at the Rivers State PDP Secretariat along Port Harcourt – Aba Expressway.
The Screening Committee however, has Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) , the Rivers State Attorney-General as Chairman, with former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, as a prominent member of the committee.
The committee also screened the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Modu Sheriff said: “PDP is the only party belongs to Nigerians and owned by Nigerians. There is no sole owner of PDP. PDP is for you, PDP is for our brothers in the village, PDP is for the elder in Abuja, PDP is for everybody. Therefore, we will carry everyone along”.
He added: “The way forward is for everybody to be united. Anybody that is aggrieved, we will work towards getting our members on one page.
“We want a united house. In party politics, it is natural that all views must not be the same. As much as possible, we try to unite all views for everyone to have a sense of belonging “.
Also Speaking after he was screened, Secondus described the screening as normal in party politics as it is constitution.
Screening Committee Chair, Aguma, said that the screening was done in line with the constitution of the party, pointing out that the exercise was thorough.
The committee also screened other aspirants into different offices of the National Working Committee, NWC.