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Gov Uduaghan chairs PDP Committee on Fund Raising for 2011 Elections


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday , stepped up its preparations for the 2011 general elections as it inaugurated a 21 - member committee, headed by Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan , to raise funds for the elections and other activities.

The Party's national chairman , Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo who inaugurated the committee at the party's headquarters in Abuja , said that the committee became necessary because of the enormous logistic and financial challenges posed by the forthcoming general elections.

In particular, Nwodo noted that provisions of the new Electoral Act which requires that primaries for the presidential and governorship elections be conducted in the 36 states and in all the Local Government Areas of the states respectively, made it imperative for the party to source for more funds to effectively carry out its functions.

Besides he said that the party has concluded plans to update and widely circulate and publicize its manifesto in addition to upgrading its information technology for efficient service delivery.

The PDP chairman commended Governor Uduaghan's headship of the committee saying that the Governor's choice received wide approval of party members including President Goodluck Jonathan.

“When we sat down to think about who should chair the committee, we just made one choice. We conferred with Mr. President and he just said your choice is the right choice” Nwodo stated and charged the committee to sensitize and mobilize party members at all levels to raise the required funds.

The fund raising committee chairman thanked Dr Nwodo for finding the committee members worthy of the task, saying that the growth of the party called for the increased funding requirements.

Said he : “There is no doubt that our party , PDP, has become very big and the bigger the party, the more responsibility on it.. The committee will go round knocking at party members' doors soliciting for the needed funds”

Membership of the committee was drawn from the party's Board of Trustees, Governors, National and State Houses of Assembly, among others.