By Henry Umoru
THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the call for the postponement of Delta State rerun gubernatorial election as baseless, suspicious and ill-timed.
Meanwhile, members of the National Working Committee, NWC, will meet today to, among others, address issues relating to the congresses in the states as well as come up with the list of screening committee of presidential aspirants.
This has been a major headache for the leadership of the party in the last couple of weeks, just as a member of the NWC who spoke with Vanguard yesterday said they would be very careful in getting a chairman and members that would be acceptable to all as that would give credibility to the exercise.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, in a text message to Vanguard yesterday on the call for extension date of the Delta re-run, said it was surprising that the call was coming from a party that did participate in the first election, just as he asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to ignore it.
The text read: ‘’The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has received with utter disbelief, reports of brazen attempts by some political parties in Delta State to sabotage the governorship re-run election in the state.
“We view the call from the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, for the postponement of the elections as suspicious, ill-timed and baseless. It comes to us as a huge surprise that ACN which has no candidate in the forthcoming rerun election would with no valid reason or just cause, call for postponement of an election whose date was fixed a long time ago.
“We wonder why a political party that did not participate in the first election would call for a postponement at this point in time.
“The PDP wishes to dissociate itself fully from these dubious and mischievous rantings of later day democrats. We wish to call on all our members and PDP supporters in Delta State to mobilise massively to ensure that His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, is voted back to the Government House in Asaba.”