Thursday, October 7, 2010
Fresh Party convention of fresh ideas
On September 30, Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) held its annual convention in which Nigerians were given hope of fresh ideas to transform the nation. RAZAQ BAMIDELE reports the happenings at the event
“Our leader and man of God, Reverend Chris Okotie, who is dearly loved by the people, is a crowd puller.” This was the submission of the Lagos State Chairman of the Fresh Democratic Party (FDP), Adeniyi Ladega. The youthful legal practitioner and FDP chieftain made the statement in a chat with Daily Sun at the Planet One, convention venue along Maryland, Ikeja Lagos in response to observation of a guest, who observed that the venue appeared to be a bit inadequate for the all important event.
And indeed, the party acted in consonance with the middle word ‘democratic’ in its name as internal democracy was the watchword at the convention as every official of its Executive Council emerged transparently and democratically.
What appeared as 50th independence anniversary gift at the convention was the election of the Founder of the party, Chris Okotie, as the National Chairman as well as its presidential candidate for the 2011 general election. Other officers, whose nominations were ratified by the well attended convention, were Makanju Akintayo (National Vice-Chairman, South West), Mr. Gyang Pam (National Legal Adviser), Mr Ladi Ayodeji (National Director of Media and Publicity), Ngozika Kevin (National Welfare Officer), Miss Ifeyinwa Elisah (National Treasurer), and Mr. Fela Binutu (National Secretary), among other officers.