- PDP plans mini-convention in Jan-Feb to fill key vacancies, including national chairman, secretary, and woman leader, preparing for 2027 elections
- Potential contenders emerge for national chairman; South East Caucus dispute over national secretary; convention aims to address leadership gaps
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly making plans for a mini-convention, scheduled to take place between January and February. The convention aims to reposition the party as a strong opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and prepare for the 2027 elections. Three key positions in the National Working Committee (NWC) are currently vacant – the national chairman, national secretary, and national woman leader.
The national chairman position, left vacant by Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has potential contenders such as former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Gabriel Suswam, both from the North Central. The South East Caucus has been embroiled in a dispute over the national secretary position, and the NWC may opt for a neutral candidate to prevent further escalation.
The mini-convention is expected to address these leadership gaps and set the party on a path toward unity and effective opposition. The PDP aims to resolve internal conflicts and focus on strategic planning for the upcoming electoral cycle.
The party has faced challenges, including disputes over leadership positions and the outcome of the last presidential election. The convention provides an opportunity for the PDP to regroup, strategize, and strengthen its position in the political landscape. The decisions made during the convention will likely shape the party’s direction and approach in the coming years.