About 12 days to the lifting of the ban on political campaigns, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has named Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel as the Chairman of its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), while Sokoto Governor Amina Tambuwal emerged the Director-General of the party’s National Campaign Management Committee (NCMC).
The two organisations are expected to lead the campaign of the main opposition PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who is participating in the election to become Nigeria’s president for the fourth time.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, said Emmanuel, who is chairing the Presidential Campaign Council, will be supported by two other governors, Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed as Vice-Chairman of the Council (North), while the Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde is chosen as Vice-Chairman (South).
In all, the Presidential Campaign Council is comprised of 326 people including the Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and the officials mentioned above.
The party’s Board of Trustee Chairman, Adolphus Wabba, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, and the party’s governors including Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State were all named members of the council. They are part of 314 people designated as members of the council.
Adeyemi Moyegun was named the Administrative Secretary of the council.
For the party’s National Campaign Management Committee, headed by Governor Tambuwal, four deputies people were named his deputies, they include ex-Cross River Governor Liyel Imoke as Deputy Director-General, Operations; Adewale Oladipo is the Deputy DG, Administration; Daar Communications Chairman Raymond Dokpesi is Deputy DG, Technical and Systems, while former Enugu Governor Okwesilieze Nwodo is the Deputy DG, Research and Strategy.
For the purpose of the campaign, the party has created 15 directorates spread under the four Deputy DGs.
All members of the council are scheduled to be inaugurated on Wednesday, September 28 at the International Conference Centre In Abuja.