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PDP denies holding "failed" conference in Rivers State

16 July 2014, 08:47Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) distanced iself from a purported mini conference in Rivers State saying such an event might have been an initiative by opposition All Progressives Congress to sow divisions.

The PDP said the said conference lacked proper composition and popular representation of Ogoni Intelligentsia and opinion leaders.

The party also queried the reason for holding the meeting in secrecy and at a private venue, leaving out Bori, which is said to be the centre and ancestral headquarters of the Ogoni people.

The party accused political opponents, particularly the APC, as the unseen hand behind the mini conference, and using same to deceive the people and market a predetermined political agenda.

More disappointing, the PDP pointed out, was that those behind the conference "basically mediocres as no Ogoniman or woman of substance from the academia, business and genuine stakeholders."

"Members of the PDP in Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme Local Government Areas have therefore requested that for failing to consult widely and for lacking in terms of popular views and representation cutting across the entire area where the said resolutions supposedly affect, the jamboree and so-called mini conference should be disregarded as null and void," PDP stated.

The PDP however, mocked those behind the "failed conference" to consult widely and make efforts to convene a more elaborate and representative meeting.

“We would support any genuine moves aimed at addressing Ogoni issues and not attempts to advance a political agenda of the APC by those who had never supported the Ogoni struggle but have suddenly realized that they are from Ogoni."

- CAJ News

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