PDP talks tough, says it’s ‘government-in-waiting’

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

The Peoples Democractic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it was not just an opposition party but a government-in-waiting.

Chairman of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, said this when he received syndicate reports of the party’s Strategy Review Committee led by Jerry Gana in Abuja.

He said the PDP would become the ruling party in 2019 if its members did the right thing.

“It is in the interest of Nigerians that opposition exists and is strong.

“Nigerians will not expect opposition that behaves in unruly manner; one that will be there to talk down on government all the time.

“I think we should not be unreasonable in our opposition.

“We should use our brains so that when we criticise and bring out alternative ways of doing things, we will convince Nigerians that we are better set of people to rule Nigeria.

“But, if we show that there is no difference, Nigerians will say `no, they are birds of the same feather’.

“That is why we must criticise, using our brain to actually connect with Nigerians so that we can convince them that we are what we say we are,” Mr. Makarfi said.

On reconciliation in the party, the chairman said that the party’s leadership must not withdraw from any opportunity to ‎reconcile with its members.

“We must not close door for reconciliation and negotiation but we must reconcile based on strong position. A unified judgment by Court of Appeal will place us in good stead.’’

He added that it was only the judgment from the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt that the party was waiting for in moving forward.

“We are waiting for judgment that will restore hope.

“How the court will restore that hope is for the will of PDP members to be respected, and we are giving the legal right for us to go ahead to build a virile party.’’

Mr. Markarfi, however, urged the party executive and its organs at the state and local government levels to continue to work while waiting for the court’s decision on its leadership.

He commended the committee for its efforts towards the repositioning of the party, recalling that the committee was self-funded “and this is the kind of sacrifice that PDP needs to rise and fly again’’.

‎Presenting the report earlier, Mr. Gana said the committee would submit its final report at the end of January.

Mr. Gana said the committee also planned to have a brief session with PDP governors and the National Assembly caucus before the submission of the report.

“This is to inform them on some of the issues and recommendations that are contained in the report.

“This is also to accommodate any input they can bring forward so as to bring everybody on board,’’ he said.

The Gana’s committee was set up in November 2016, to evolve ways to reconcile the party leadership crisis and reposition it to win future elections.



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  • Kontri Watchers


    Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its sins

    The PDP sounds as if nothing was wrong with the grand thefts its members committed
    against the people of Nigeria, as recently uncovered by the EFCC in several cases.
    This is criminal arrogance that should be condemned by anyone who doesn’t have
    dual nationality and therefore no alternative country to escape should Nigeria fail.

    Anyone with a sense of right and wrong will be horrified by the way PDP has behaved,
    after billions of Naira stolen from the treasury were recovered from its criminal members.
    PDP carries on as if it is not important, and even acts as if theft is wonderful credential.
    No contrition; no internal probe on how the thefts occurred, nothing…..what arrogance!!

    • musa aliero

      Why didn’t the government probe apc members? Am sure Nigerians will have a heart attack if they hear the grand theft that apc members carried out

      • Anasieze Donatus

        For 16 years PDP failed to probe the opposition,why are you angry that opposition now in power is probing PDP.The opposition has never been in charge of our National wealth so think twice when next you want to write.I am happy that PDP is been probed so that when the win election anytime in the future they will probe APC and if it continues like that ,no party in power will ever steal Nigeria commonwealth because they know that probe awaits then if they loose election

  • Jika

    First of all,ensure that there is PDP as a united party before you start dreaming of ‘Government in waiting’.After 16 years of looting and philandering,you still want to come back to do what?It will be a cold day in hell before you guys return through the ballot box.My advise is that you should spent the rest of your days on earth in penitence and remorse instead of thinking about ‘Government in waiting’!!!

    • Mohammed Bello

      These PDP guys can’t stop amazing me at all. They are still looking down on us as if we are a conquered territory ! Never again should we go through the harrowing years they called governance. PDP is still looking at things upside down, let’s hope they survived till 2019.

  • sheyman

    Tell your spokesman Fayose to criticize with his brain and mouth his wide mouth…

  • smart

    PDP is just a name. The last time I checked, well over 60% of past governor are now in APC.. No president non vice president is still in PDP except GEJ. Over 70% of past lawmakers, both state and federal are currently APC. So who really destroyed Nigeria in the past 16 years? PDP as a name? Or those members who are now in APC and their brothers still in PDP.
    The candidates for Edo election should make every right thinking person know that as at today in Nigeria, only individual matters and not the party.

    • Anasieze Donatus

      when the head is rotten it affects the whole body,today the head of APC whom everybody look up to is not rotten.That is the big difference

  • Okey Okoye

    Talk tough, they will not loot , corrupt the system. This is insanity coming from PDP. Who will believe it.

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    In all the comments here,no body has explained why i shouldn’t buy petrol at N87/litre,USD at N190 as PDP left it for the APC.

    • Powerlessconscious

      Before PDP took over in 1999. How much was petrol per litre? How much was naira to dollar.? Sorry to call you an illiterate. I pity for your brain.

  • dami

    Hell will freeze over before pdp returns to power…

  • Africa

    Deluded criminals….no way back for PDP.