No court order restraining PDP convention, says Wike
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said there is no court stopping its national convention billed for this weekend in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the event would hold as scheduled, noting any shift in date amounts to not having a National Working Committee (NWC) in place, a situation he termed dangerous.
Wike, in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, insisted that due process had been followed in the congresses held so far leading to the national convention.
Reacting to insinuations that a Federal High Court, Lagos had issued an order stopping the event, the governor said as the chairman of the organizing panel, he was yet to be served any such order.
Wike noted that the said suit was filed on the premise of impersonation, hence the National Chairman has written to the court informing it of the fraud.
“There is no valid court order stopping the PDP National Convention. The suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos was filed by an impersonator. As Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee, I have not been served any court order. How can there be an order when I did not go to court?
“At the point we are now, we want everybody to be together to form a united opposition in the interest of the nation. When a presidential candidate emerges from the north in 2018, the chairman of the party will come from the South, “ he added.
Wike assured that the PDP would no longer allow the imposition of candidates but would encourage every candidate to contest elections and emerge through popular vote, adding that the era of impunity was gone.
The governor expressed optimism that the party would emerge stronger from its recent challenges, because according to him, all party leaders were working to keep the party united.