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LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is scheduled to hold a non-elective convention today, Saturday, August 12

- Party chieftains are already trickling into Eagles Square, venue of the convention

- NAIJ.com is on ground at the venue to provide live updates

The non-elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party has begun at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

NAIJ.com spotted the chairman of the convention committee and Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa arrive the venue on time to ensure that everything is in order.

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Eagles Square all set to receive PDP delegates from all over the nation

Okowa arrived Eagles Square alongside side his entourage in a sporty attire.

While the event is yet to fully commence, party members are seen displaying banners of their choice candidates for either the convention or the 2019 general elections.

Some of those banners include: one reading, “Vote Sule Lamido for President 2019; Vote Paul Orhi for governor Benue state 2019; among many others.

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Supporters of the party displaying various banners at the venue

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3: 20pm: PDP resolves to extend the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee by four months

3: 07pm: PDP annouces the adjournment of its national convention

2:57pm: Former minister of information, Professor Jerry Gana moves for the ratification of PDP executive leaders at national, state and all levels. The motion was seconded by Honourable Chukwuemeka Ihedioha.

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Senator Iyiola Omisore and other Osun state PDP chieftains

2:45pm: PDP agrees to dissolve party executives in Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, Lagos, Kwara, Ogun and Osun states within three months. The motion was moved by Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo and seconded by his Abia state counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu.

2:00PM: Dr Jonathan heads to the podium to address party faithfuls accompanied by his former deputy, Architect Namadi Sambo

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

GEJ, still a popular and loved figure by PDP faithfuls

1: 45pm: Former President Goodluck Jonathan arrives amid loud cheers from party supporters

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Jonathan responding to cheers from PDP faithfuls

1:36pm: Governor Fayose's supporters descend on the thugs who invaded Ekiti state pavilion

1:30pm: Governor Fayose orders his security details to evict some thugs at the Ekiti state pavilion

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

An angry Governor Fayose orders his security details to chase out thugs from the Ekiti state pavilion

12: 47pm: Former Vice President Namadi Sambo arrives

12: 37pm: Packed food and drinks are being shared to party members.The packed meals are being brought in by various women, while the drinks are being offloaded from a Coca-Cola vehicle packed inside Eagle Square.

12:30pm: Fight erupts at the Zamfara state wing of the event venue as thugs try to take over

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Spotted: Chief Tom Ikimi, Senator Stella Omu, Alhaji Aliyu Babangida, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Achike Udenwa. Photo credit: Channels TV

11:44am: Sule Lamido, Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of FCT Bala Mohammed

11: 43am: DAAR Communications chairman Raymond Dokpesi arrives

11: 42:am: Former PDP chairman, Vincent Ogbuafor and BOT member, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu arrives

11:39am: Former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi arrives

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Supporters of the party came out in their droves to identify with the PDP

11:38am: Igbo cultural dancers take to the stage to entertain guests

11:33am: Hausa cultural dancers take to the stage to entertain guests

11:32am: Senate minority leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom state Godswill Akpabio arrives

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

PDP chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi exchanging pleasantries with party chieftains. Photo credit: Channels TV

11:30am: Security operatives prevent overzealous youths from climbing the stage

11:28am: Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu arrives

LIVE UPDATES: PDP Non-elective Convention kicks-off in Abuja

Delegates of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja at the convention

11:16 am: MC makes announcement, directs all leaders - former governors, House of Representative members, party leaders - to head to their designated state pavilion.

11:08am: Some chieftains from Edo state spotted arguing over seating positions

11:05am: Taraba state governor, Architect Darius Ishaku arrives amid huge fanfare

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