Move To Win 2019: PDP To Join Forces with 7 Political Parties, May Keep Name

As part of its re-strategy to take back power in 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed that it has begun discussions with other political parties, just as they foreclosed speculations that the name of the party will be changed as a result of a merger.

Chairman of the PDP Strategy Review and Inter-party Affairs Committee, Professor Jerry Gana, who revealed this at the submission of the inter-party strategy committee’s final report to the PDP leadership yesterday, however added that the party’s leadership will meet with leaders and selected delegates from seven‎ parties later yesterday.
This comes as the PDP prayed for the recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is undergoing medical attention in London.
In same vein, the party also lampooned the police over its revelation that N110m was recovered from some INEC officials given by the state government, stressing that the presentation of the recovered money was like a magic trick display.
Meanwhile, Gana in his report announced that the initial contacts made by the committee “have yielded positive responses from seven people-focused and social democratic parties.”
He‎ however said the meeting between the PDP National Caretaker Committee and leaders and selected delegates of the seven parties has “nothing to do with the rumoured mega party, but a separate and highly principled initiative of the PDP.”
 
He added “Our desire is to have all genuine democrats and friends of the people to flow together and provide a fresh and trustworthy leadership to promote and ensure a people-friendly process of national development.”

On their strategic options for winning elections under the current INEC, he noted “These are modern and highly effective. We urge strict confidentiality of the full and separate Report of that Syndicate to be submitted to you as a supplement to the Final Report.”

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On governance he said “We are strongly of the view that Governments elected on the platform of the PDP must govern so excellently as to produce genuine development to uplift the lives of millions of our people.

 “The security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of Government”, so declares the Nigerian Constitution. 9. The Committee seriously considered how best to put in place a robust mechanism of inter-Party relations, so as to encourage the coming together of all genuine and people-oriented democrats on the basis of shared principles and core programmes of national transformation.

However, the submission of the report attracted attracted most of the living founding fathers of‎ the party, chief of which is former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, who had distanced himself from the party since 2011.
Other founding members present were businessman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, former Jigawa State governor, Mallam Sule Lamido and Ambassador Aminu Wali.
 
However, Chairman of PDP National ‎Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, stated that the party’s leadership had refused to be distracted as plotted by people who want to make PDP remain relevant.
 
“We have been facing challenges. One of the ways evolved to hold PDP down and destroy opposition party in the country was to tie us down and make us irrelevant by using the court to tie us down. But we has refused to be distracted and wait for all the issues in court to be resolved and not move forward.”

He nonetheless admitted that the party made mistakes in the past. While apologizing on the behalf of the party, he listed some of those mistakes to include imposition of candidates and taking people for granted, which the report identified.

 
He described  the Gana report as “excellence”, noting that it would help in repositioning the PDP.

With regards to the recovered monies in Rivers State, Makarfi who cautioned against the bastardization of state institutions, added that the display of the recovered monies was like a magic trick.

“It felt like what magicians do when they brought out money confiscated from INEC officials.
We could have brought out monies here too.”What of the money in the hands of police officers? Were they not compromised or where the money not recoverable? It is not a joking matter.

“You specialize in bastardizing institutions and expect them to serve the county well. You bastardized, judiciary, security agencies, and we want them to do our bidding. Nigerian’s can’t continue to be patient for ever. Time is running out in us. We have to do the right thing or the right thing must be done to us.”

Makarfi, who called for prayers for President Buhari, stressing that anyone could fall sick. He noted that the president’s health is important to enable him complete his mandate.

‎ElderStatesman and founding father of the party, Ciroma said he elated to be in the gathering of members of the party since PDP lost the 2015 general elections, declaring that PDP is alive.
 
“I feel very proud of being here. I feel proud of being involved with the PDP. I feel very proud of being one of the members who initiated the formation of this party. And I can say today that the party is alive and well,” he said.
Ciroma noted that the founding fathers are still with the party and participating in its activities.
Similarly, Iwuanyanwu rubbished reports that he has left the PDP, stressing that the party remains the solution to the country’s challenges.
He added that the APC cannot dare to woo him to join them, just as he described defectors from PDP as ingrates.
He described the Jerry Gana’s report as a very important milestone in the rebuilding process of the party.
He decried the continued closure of the PDP National Secretariat, noting that the Supreme Court judgement on Ondo governorship election had already settled the party’s leadership crisis.
According to him, “upstart” cannot push him and other founding fathers of the party away from the house they built, and urged the gathering to resolve to retake the PDP national secretariat.
Iwuanyanwu described those who defected to APC as ingrate, and called on them to resign and recontest if they feel they are popular.

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