PDP constitutes electoral committee for state congress, gives guidelines

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted a body to conduct the State Congress elections scheduled to hold on August 8, 2020.

A statement signed and released by retired Colonel Austin Akobundu, the National Organizing Secretary indicated that Talib Tebite would serve as the chairman of the electoral committee, while Obioma Echeta was appointed secretary. Other members of the committee include Fatima Saleh, Mfon Ben Nkantah and Johnson Ogbo Oghale.

The statement advised the Cross River State chapter of the PDP to accord the electoral committee the necessary support and take into proper account the provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Guidelines for Covid-19 as they concern social distancing and the gathering of people in one place.

Similarly, list of aspirants seeking nomination to contest the state party congress, list of delegates for the state congress and copies of the party’s guidelines for the election has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. This was contained in another letter to the commission and signed by Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsouri, the party’s National Secretary.

The letter stated that, “In line with the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of political party primaries/congresses as published by your Commission, please find attached the items required by your commission for our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the purpose of our State party congress in Cross River State”

“List of aspirants seeking nominations to contest the state party congress; list of members of the electoral committee for the state congress; list of delegates for the state congress and ten copies of the party’s guidelines for the state congress”, it further indicated.

It indicated that those aspiring for the office of the State Chairman included Ikem Venatius Ayaibe, a former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Eba Alphonsus Ogar and Francis Busam Adah, a former speaker of the State Assembly and interim governor.

Contesting as State Vice Chairman include Augustine Edibe, Ajogbor Alfred Iby, Ekpo Asuquo Essien, Ibiang Abubakar Efoli, Agabi Ignatius Ogar and Effiong Tity Ndifon, while Anthony Edako and Mensah Bassey Offiong are vying for the post of State Secretary.

For the position of State Publicity Secretary, Owan Obi Stephen and Iyam Charles Iyam are aspiring, while Ewa Francis Ekeng and Egba Bernard Oyira would be contesting for the seat of the State Organizing Secretary.

Seven aspirants are contesting for the post of state assistant secretary, 2 for treasurer of the state chapter of the PDP and 6 persons seeking to serve as assistant treasurer as well as an endless list of other aspirants for the rest of the offices.

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