The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to kick off its national convention today at Port Harcourt, the River state capital. The party is expected to elect new officials at the convention.
Here are 4 things to expect from the convention.
1) Ali Modu-Sheriff will retain his position
Ali-Modu Sheriff has faced stiff opposition since he became chairman of the party early this year. His emergence split the PDP into two different factions, one faction supporting his chairmanship while the other faction – obviously rejected his chairmanship.
On Monday, a Lagos state High Court ordered the PDP not to conduct the election for the offices of national chairman, national secretary and national auditor.
The suits were allegedly filed by National Chairman, Ali Sheriff, National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo and National Auditor, Fatai Adeyanju – even though sheriff denied his involvement in the suit.
However, it was reported that Sheriff was on Friday screened for the office of national chairman and he passed.
2) The South-West will remain the underdog
The south-west zone has always been a sore point for the PDP as the party has faced severe opposition and losses in the region. A vast majority of the states in the region are under the control of the All Progressive Congress.
Furthermore, the zone is yet to produce a national chairman for the party even though certain senior members and founding fathers of the party are from the region.
Also, the crisis within the south-west PDP will result in the party remaining the underdog of the PDP.
3) Young and relatively new faces will emerge
The convention will most likely throw up some young and new faces into the party’s executive.
Offices like the National publicity secretary, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Legal Adviser will most likely be snatched up by youths.
However, the question of quality and integrity of the young persons is uncertain.
4) Crisis, lawsuits and more crisis
Already a group of senior PDP members, under the aegis of Concerned PDP Stakeholders have planned a parallel national convention in Abuja.
On the other hand, the convention in Port Harcourt will must likely give birth to more grievances against the party leadership and/or further deepen the internal crisis in the party.