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Delta PDP holds congress amid COVID-19 shutdown

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Amidst the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to halt the spread by discouraging large gatherings, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta is set to hold its State congress tomorrow.

A circular to all delegates, signed by Chief Onoriode Sunday reads: “Dear Delegate, I am directed to invite you to the 2020 State Congress holding at the Cenotaph, Asaba. Date. Tuesday 24/3/2020 Time. 10:00 am. Thanks for your usual cooperation and safe journey as you come. Chief Onoriode Sunday. SOS”.

Some party stalwarts and other Deltans who spoke off record expressed shock at the insensitivity and callousness of the Delta State PDP.

“Must the congress hold? Why the hurry? Are these people in tune with the global trend? And what is the governor saying in all this. This is sad,” a security agent lamented in exasperation. Our reporter also reached out to INEC where an official who refused to speak “on camera” expressed surprise at the desperation of Delta State PDP.

Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP on Monday, in line with the measures being taken to safeguard the nation from the spread of COVID-19, has directed a partial shutdown and skeletal activities at the National Secretariat, Abuja from Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

“The NWC also directs all PDP secretariats and offices across the country to comply with this directive accordingly. The PDP is already adopting pre-emptive health safety measures that will safeguard lives in all our offices nationwide.

“The PDP enjoins Nigerians to comply with all directives by relevant agencies of government and the World Health Organization (WHO) with regard to keeping safe from the pandemic. “Our party identifies with Nigerians and the World Community at this critical time in our history. Kindly stay safe,” a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the party read.

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