Five attempts to stop PDP convention failed - Makarfi

Behind the pilgrimages to Abuja House

Makarfi disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 75th National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP held on Friday at the party national Secretariat in Abuja.

He warned the PDP against allowing governors hijack delegates to convention and recommended that direct primary be done at the ward, local government and state levels to enable delegates vote directly without any influence or intimidation from the governors.

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.

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".

Meanwhile, ahead of the special convention, the Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee and Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the party was ready to organise a successful event.

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 in elected positions, such as president, senator or governor".

He said that internal party democracy was crucial to sustaining the party's growth, adding that PDP would intensify efforts to woo aggrieved members back to the party.

The Friday's Meeting was well attended and presided over by the National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON.

"We are going to overcome that with our resilience and to do the needful", Makarfi said. "We know Nigerians are missing us and we would always carry them along when we return in 2019".

"We must root out the past mistakes and make the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian people the centrepiece of our party's democratic agenda".

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.

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

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

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