Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

There were five attempts to stop PDP convention - Makarfi

There were five attempts to stop PDP convention - Makarfi

Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the Non-Elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party began at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday August 12.

Describing the PDP's travails as "baptism of fire", Okowa said that the party had survived was a testimony to the resilience of its grassroots structure, organisation and appeal.

This is the first national gathering of the party members since the Supreme Court judgement that reaffirmed Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the Caretaker Committee Chairman after ousting the former chairman, Ali Sheriff.

He expressed optimism about the future of the party saying "I am impressed with the renewed enthusiasm and commitment of our members towards rebuilding the party after the protracted leadership tussle".

"Any time longer than three months will not be in the best interest of the Party and its members".

"It is time for self examination for all of us and to return to what is right bearing in mind our mistakes in the past".

"If there are interested members of the caretaker committee in elected positions, such as president, senator or governor". Part of The Ekweremadu Committee Report which zoned the Presidency to the North and the National Chairmanship to the South should be adopted.

He said: "We just came to see what is on ground".

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?

"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".

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.

According to the lawmaker, this is a new era for the country's political journey.

He stated: "We will continue to pray for the president".

Mark, therefore, charged the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Special Convention Committee not to leave any stone unturned to guarantee a hitch-free exercise.

In a statement issued yesterday, Mark again dismissed speculations that he would decamp from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

"As we speak there is no complete party officials in states such as Borno, Adamawa and many others", our source said.

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