The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday approved that Rivers State should host the party’s national (presidential) convention ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The National Executive Committee of the PDP took the decision after its meeting at Wadata Plaza, the national headquarters of the party, the Punch reports.

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There has been a controversy during the week over the choice of venue for the PDP national convention, where members of the party are expected to elect the party’s standard bearer of the 2019 presidential election.

Governor Nyesom Wike had warned that Rivers State would teach the PDP and the presidential aspirants “a lesson” should the event be moved away from the proposed choice of Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Governor Wike claimed that the hosting of the convention would benefit citizens of the state economically and would be disastrous if the event was relocated away from the state.