Sunday, 13 August 2017

PDP Extends Makarfi’s Tenure, Says APC Days Are Numbered!


Eagle’s square  at the nation’s capital yesterday  saw People's Democratic Party Faithfulls trooping in for it non-elective convention. This, essentially was targeted to confirm the extension of its caretaker committee already headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi in orther for its extension, where Motion for  tenure adjustment  was however moved by former governor Godswill Akpabio and was seconded by former governor of jigawa state Dr Sule Lamido with affirming confirmation of tenure extension for Makarfi and his lieutenants.

The  convention also ratified the dissolution of parallel state executive committees of the party in Anambra State by the caretaker committee last month and the subsequent setting up of a caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the PDP in the state.
The motion for ratification of the decision on the Anambra PDP was moved by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and seconded  by Hajia Inna Ciroma.
Similarly, the PDP convention dissolved the party executive committees in Adamawa, Kebbi, Borno, Kwara,  Lagos, Osun and Ogun states.
It authorised the national caretaker committee to set up caretaker committees in the affected states and hold congresses to elect substantive state executives within three months. The motion to this effect was moved by Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Dakwanbo and seconded by his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu respectively.

A motion moved by former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana and seconded by former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha for ratification of all the concluded congresses in states and the six geo-political zones was also adopted by the PDP Convention.
Welcoming delegates to the convention, chairman of the Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa called for a paradigm shift in the administration of the PDP, as it gears up to regain power in 2019.
He said the opposition party needs sincere and strong leaders, who understand that power is held in trust for the people.

Speaking After his Confirmation, the chairman of caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi yesterday said  the days of All Progressive Congress are Numbered and that the party would  do everything to  wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential poll, and for that reason, he prayed that President Muhammadu Buhari would recover and be healthy to witness the defeat of his party.
The convention was attended by former President Goodluck Jonathan and his former deputy, Namadi Sambo, Governors Ayodele Fayose, Nyesom Wike, Emmanuel Udom, Ifeanyi Okowa,  Darius Ishaku and David Umahi of Ekiti,  Rivers,  Akwa Ibom,  Delta,  Taraba and Ebonyi states respectively.

Also in attendance were Abia State governor,  Okezie Ikpeazu,  Gombe State governor,  Ibrahim Dakwanbo,  members of the PDP caucus in the National Assembly and a large number of party stalwarts from across the country.

Makarfi said the opposition party wishes President Buhari well and would continue to pray for his good health, so that he would remain in office up to 2019 when the APC will be defeated.

‘’We will continue to pray for his full recovery. We want him to be fit and on seat when we will defeat the APC government come 2019’’.

“We will continue to pray for him but that doesn’t mean we will go to sleep. We will work hard to replace the APC government come 2019, God willing.
“Nigerians may wonder, what has PDP got? Well, what are you getting now? Are you not hungry? Are you not jobless? Are you not insecure? My God! Pray for PDP to come back.

“Kidnapping is part of insecurity and it has spread across the length and breadth of this country and it’s because of joblessness.”
He said the massive turnout at the convention and enthusiasm by Nigerians in the affairs of the opposition party is an indication that the PDP is “government in waiting.”

Makarfi said the APC administration has impoverished Nigerians in the last two years and promised that the PDP will return the country to the path of prosperity when it regains power in 2019.

According  to him, when the opposition party regains power, “there will be no hunger because there will be plenty to eat.  There may be plenty in the market but you have zero cash in your pocket. Under PDP, there will be cash in your pocket because you have earned the cash.”
The former Kaduna State governor added that the PDP, apart from being an organised and disciplined party is also truthful.
“What we say in the day time is what we will say in the afternoon. We are prepared. We have seen it all.  We have seen it all,” he said.

Makarfi expressed appreciation to PDP leaders across the country for their untiring support to the party. He also thanked the judiciary for its role in resolving the party leadership crisis.

In his remarks, Fayose, who is also the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, said now that God has “liberated PDP from the hands of the hijackers”, it is poised to deliver the county from the APC.

He said Nigerians entered a “one chance vehicle”, when it voted for the APC in 2015. The governor, however,  promised that the PDP will deliver the country, noting that the party will take over the Presidential Villa,  Aso Rock in 2019.
“Nigerians entered “one chance.” These people in power miss road.
We entered “one chance.” We will take you out of one chance. And give you many chances,” Fayose said.
On his part, former Minister of External Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi said the difference between the PDP and the APC is as clear as daylight and night.
“You have seen the PDP. You have seen the APC.

The difference is clear. The PDP has Board of Trustees. The APC does not have Board of Trustees.

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