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PDP Convention: Okowa says late arrival of delegates delays take-off

President of the Senate and Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar chatting after a meeting of all aspirants during the ongoing PDP National Convention, in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
President of the Senate and Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki with ex-Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi during Saraki’s meeting with Anambra state delegates to the ongoing PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

By John Amieyeofori
Port Harcourt, Oct. 6, 2018

Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention Committee, has said that late arrival of delegates delayed the take-off of the convention.

Okowa, who spoke with newsmen at the PDP convention holding in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said the most challenging part of the convention was the inability of delegates to arrive early.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that delegates were being meticulously screened as they troop in but accreditation is still yet to commence.

The delegates were made to pass through three gates of screening before getting into the main bowl where the election would take place.

To enter into the main bowl was made so difficult by the committee that many journalists were not allowed to enter in spite of their accreditation cards.

One of the delegates from Kano, Shuaibu Adamu assured of successful convention, while Shehu Sani from Bauchi urged delegates to vote the right aspirant.

Joshua Momoh from Delta urged delegates to elect a credible candidate for 2019 Presidential election.

Most of the delegates told NAN that they were satisfied with the security arrangement at the convention venue, especially the weather which was clement.

NAN reports that delegates in their thousands were already at the convention venue – Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, and had turned the venue into a carnival ground with great pomp and pageantry.

Many aspirants with their supporters were in their various uniforms chanting political songs and making merriment, while awaiting accreditation.

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