Mr Mutati challenged former party President Nevers Mumba who did not even show up at the convention despite being invited to the event.
Eastern Province Chairperson Jacob Mwanza earlier moved a motion to dissolve the NEC and revoke all suspensions as well as expulsions which was seconded by North Western Chairperson.
Mr Mwanza also proposed that the election of the party President be done simultaneously with the election of NEC members which was also seconded.
Returning Edward Mukuka announced Felix Mutati as the new party President at 10:49hrs after receiving only one name for the position.
Over 1700 delegates from all the ten provinces are attending the convention.
Dr Mumba’s faction had obtained an injunction on Thursday to stop the convention from taking place but it was discharged by High CourtJudge Sikazwe discharged the injunction on Friday evening leaving the Mutati faction without any impediments to holding the convention.
Former National Secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima expeditiously moved the program so as to preempt any moves from the Mumba faction which might derail the process of putting new office bearers into office.
Former Party and Republican President Rupiah Banda graced the occasion which is expected to close tomorrow.