The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slated the conduct of the much-awaited congress for the Niger State chapter for August 7.
The notice of the congress was contained in a letter to the chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) dated Wednesday, July 14 and obtained by 21st CENTURY CHRONICLE on Thursday.
Niger is among the state chapters where congresses were put on hold due to internal wrangling, which led to the factionalisation of the party.
The earlier congress to elect the state executive members of the party in September, 2020, was disrupted by thugs loyal to feuding parties.
The development led to the deployment of mediating teams, including the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee.
However, in the notice signed by Uche Secondus, chairman and Senator Usman Ibrahim Tsauri, secretary, the party said it has achieved some measure of progress in its reconciliation effort.
The letter to INEC reads: “We write to inform the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has concluded its Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the State Congress in Niger State as follows.
“State Congress to elect new State executive members has been slated for Saturday August 07, 2021.
“Please note that all our party’s activities shall be in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on COVID-19 as they concern social/physical distancing and gathering of people in one place.”