A large turnout of delegates and heavy presence of security personnel have been reported at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention holding in Port Harcourt.
The Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium venue of the PDP presidential primaries was agog as delegates trooped peacefully into the pavilions earmarked for their respective states, but accreditation of delegates was yet to commence as at 9.55 a.m.
At Sokoto pavilion, one of the delegates, Alhaji Kure Aminu, said he and his colleagues were ready for the convention.
Delegates from Imo, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi states said they would vote for strong candidate that would win the 2019 general elections.
Ude Obuzo from Enugu expressed optimism that the convention would produce a qualified candidate to represent PDP in 2019 Presidential election.
Policemen and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operatives among others were on ground to ensure smooth exercise.
Officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were also on ground to control movement of vehicles.
At least 13 aspirants are jostling for party ticket for presidential election in 2019.
They include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Jonah Jang.