• Says gains of democracy under threat
•As Party holds conference on sustenance of democratic ideals in Nigeria Thursday
By Henry Umoru
AS part of moves to rebrand itself ahead of 2019 Presidential Election, national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday constituted a 53-member committee to organise a stakeholders conference.
The Organising Committee which has Chief Raymond Dokpesi as Chairman, is saddled with among others, the responsibility of organising a conference where party leaders, stakeholders, elders and members would brainstorm on to refocus the PDP into a more vibrant platform.
The Conference is slated to hold on Thursday next week in Abuja, just as the party explained that conference was earlier put on hold to enable it receive the report of post-election review panel headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu.
Speaking yesterday during the inauguration of the committee at the national Secretariat of PDP, the Acting National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus stressed that the move became imperative because of events of the last six months of the All Progressives Congress, APC led government indicate a palpable fear that the gains of democracy achieved by the PDP were seriously under threat.
Secondus said: “This national conference is meant to fashion out strategy that would help PDP sustain democratic ideals while in opposition, hence the choice of the conference theme, “PDP and the sustenance of democratic ideals in Nigeria”.