PDP Issues Makarfi Four months extension
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday granted the Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee a tenure extension of four months to enable it conduct a proper national convention to elect a new National Working Committee (NWC).
According to the The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the tenure extension, which is effective from Saturday, was one of the resolutions of the party at its Non-Elective National Convention held in Abuja.
It was the first by the party since the Supreme Court proclaimed Senator Makarfi as the authentic leader of the party.
Its mandate was to organise an elective convention within 90 days, but the tenure was extended by 12 months in another convention in Port Harcourt on Aug. 17, 2016 following leadership crisis that engulfed the party.
Makarfi, addressing the gathering yesterday said the party still has much to offer Nigeria and will outperform the All Progressives Congress (APC) if given the opportunity to rule again.
Immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan who also addressed the forum dismissed suggestions that the national economy would have collapsed if the PDP had remained in power at the centre.
Minority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, who moved the motion for the new extension, said that it would enable the committee to organise an elective convention that would produce elected national leaders of the party.
The motion which was seconded by a former governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, was unanimously adopted by the convention delegates.
Makarfi promised that PDP, if given another chance in 2019, would introduce a students’ loan scheme to alleviate the suffering of students and their parents.
“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”, Makarfi said.
He prayed for quick recovery for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the PDP would be looking forward to defeating him in the 2019 presidential election.
He said, “We mean well for our President. 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.”