A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has urged the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to move the venue of its presidential primaries from Abuja to Lagos.
According to reports, PDP had fixed Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022, for its special convention to choose its presidential candidate for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Chief George, who made the appeal at the party’s stakeholders’ meeting in Ikoyi on Monday, May 16, 2022, the move, is imperative to avoid an unnecessary clash with the ruling party (APC), which had also fixed its presidential primaries on Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Abuja.
According to him, both the ruling party and the main opposition party cannot hold their presidential primaries in the same location at a very close date.
In his words; “Two rams do not drink from the same pot. I want to appeal publicly, move our convention away from Abuja and come to the city of Lagos. Why do we want to use the same location with the other political party?
“The biggest arena in Nigeria today by any yardstick is the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos. I am appealing because the consequences of ignoring the counsel may be dire.
“So, it is an appeal to members of the NWC to look at it, and prevent falling into any trap. Let the APC hold theirs in Abuja and we hold ours here in Lagos.
“We must come to where we will showcase the oneness, indivisibility, and love that we have among ourselves, and that is the essence of this convention.
“I am begging them to take a cursory and much deeper look and ensure that we do what will not be injurious to the mind of members and the members of the public.”
He reiterated that the convention should impact positively on the minds of Nigerians, who are not card-carrying members of the part that the PDP remains better managers.