The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused some government officials who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to disrupt the party’s national convention in Abuja on Saturday.
Also yesterday, Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman Walid Jibrin said the party was waiting for Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and governors who left the PDP for the APC in 2014.
Citing “intelligence report”, the party called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in those it described as overzealous officials around him who are bent on sabotaging the convention.
National Publicity Secretary Dayo Adeyeye told reporters yesterday that if not checked, the plot could derail the convention.
Adeyeye pleaded with President Buhari to ensure adequate security cover for the event, saying no attempts were made to disrupt public events organised of opposition parties during the 16 years reign of the PDP.
The party urged members of the public and party supporters without any business with the convention to stay away from the venue.
Adeyeye said former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will attend the event and even address the convention but may not vote as a delegate.
Atiku rejoined the PDP last week after resigning from the All Progressives Congress.
Jibrin said: “As the party joyfully welcomes Atiku back to his home, PDP, we are equally waiting to receive more members of the APC, including Sen. Kwankwaso, Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, APC Governors who had earlier left PDP, thereafter all of us would unite to take power from APC come 2019”.
The BoT chair called on aspirants for the position of party chairman to forget the clamour for micro zoning of the position, saying it’s too late to do so now.
The Board chair assured that the BoT would be ready to work with any of the contestants that emerged as national chairman for the progress of the party, stressing that the BoT has no favoured candidate among the aspirants.