Monday, 16 October, 2017

Five attempts to stop PDP convention failed - Makarfi

Clark wants Makarfi’s tenure extended PDP convention: We cannot afford another mistake —Mark
Nellie Chapman | 12 August, 2017, 20:13

"Those who are decamping from PDP to APC are fair weather friends of the Party".

The Peoples Democratic Party has extended the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

The Olafeso faction is politically headed by the Chairman of the PDP Governors' Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; while the Ogundipe faction has Senator Buruji Kashimu as its political leader.

"While I was in the party as a member, I paid my dues to the fullest until I retired from partisan politics in 2015".

He recalled that in the party at that time, internal democracy took a backstage, aggrieved party members were disregarded and impunity became the order of the day at various leadership levels in the party.

"If there are interested members of the Caretaker Committee for elective positions, such as President, Senator or Governor, such persons should not remain in office as members of the Caretaker Committee for more than three months".

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta and the chairman of the convention's planning committee, said Nigeria can now testify that PDP is the true democratic party they deserve.

"Let all presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to one primaries; whereas, all national chairmanship candidates from the 17 states of the South also be subjected to one primary to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalise democracy", he added.

"But we give glory to God that with that judgment, the PDP has been given a new lifeline and we believe that we will use that opportunity to reposition the party to do better even better than when we were in government".

The question is, as we race to 2019 and Nigeria's defining election, will the electorate come out en masse to vote someone out or in?

In a related development, Makarfi has assured members of the party that the issues relating to the South-west zone of the party have been resolved.

Indeed. And the electorate can see through all the politicking and selfish interests in both the exits and the speeches of acceptance in new parties and what have you.

"As a party we have realised areas we made mistakes and we are working hard to correct these mistakes with a view to putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians".

"We have come this far through a tortuous journey".

Mark, who had earlier resisted the wave of defection t the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that he would be "the last man standing in the PDP".