PDP’s strategy committee submits report, recommends direct primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee has urged the party to return to its traditional direct primaries for nominating candidates for elections.

Chairman of the committee, Jerry Gana, made the call while submitting the committee’s report to the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr. Gana said that “direct primary system’’, recommended by the committee, would promote free, fair and credible election of candidates for elective offices.

He said the committee had also provided guidelines for the primaries as well as regulations for improved indirect system in case the party was forced by circumstances to adopt that system.

“To facilitate the use of direct primaries as recommended, the party must take immediate steps to compile and maintain an authentic register of party membership throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.

The committee was inaugurated on November 10, 2016 to within 90 days, come up with recommendations that would make the party stronger and better, and able to regain power in 2019.

Mr. Gana said the committee also recommended that adherence to the principles of zoning and rotation of political offices, “guided by the principles of justice, equity, fairness, inclusiveness and balanced representation’’.

He said the report contained recommendations on the proposed review and amendment of the party’s constitution and manifesto, adding it also presented “world-class” best practices of good governance for adoption.

“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 up-light the lives of our people.’’

The former Information Minister disclosed that the initial contacts of the committee had yielded positive responses from seven people-focused and social democratic parties which would meet in Abuja.

“This is nothing to do with the rumoured Mega Party, but a separate and highly principled initiative of the PDP.

“Our desire is to have all genuine democratic and friends of the people to flow together and provide a fresh and trustworthy leadership to promote and ensure people-friendly process of national development.’’

Mr. Gana added that the committee also included strategy for re-branding and marketing of the PDP nationwide and urged party leaders to promptly and effectively implement the proposals “with tremendous passion’’.

Receiving the report, Mr. Makarfi described it as an “excellent work’’ that could not be rejected by any organ of the party.

He said the report was part of the activity of the caretaker committee towards moving the party forward.

Mr. Makarfi said the party leadership would forward the report to the party’s organs for critical analysis as well as due process in implementing the recommendations.

“We are going to work to make sure that we reconnect to Nigerians.

“This report has laid the path for correcting those past mistakes,’’ Mr. Makarfi added.

According to him, though PDP had many remarkable achievements in its16 years of ruling the country, the party members regret and apologise to the electorate for its past mistakes.

He assured that the party will stand for institutional change and market it to Nigerians ahead of 2019 elections.

The chairman said that the country would never get it right if its public institutions continued to serve the government and people in office.

“They are public institutions that must serve Nigeria and Nigerians.

“If we don’t do away with this old practice, corruption, arrogance in office and all form of nonsense in government will continue. We must free them from selfish control by public office holders,’’ Mr. Makarfi said.

He explained that the caretaker committee had also decided that chairmen and secretaries of syndicate groups would form a committee to analyse, appraise and implement the recommendations in the report.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party offered prayers for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and for his safe return to the country.



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  • Kamalu

    I do not foresee any amount of detergent that can clean the grease called PDP. Manipulation and fraud are it’s hallmarks and a certain tainted Jerry Gana, a civil servant and career politician whose donation of N5 billion ( at the time US $25 million) to the defunct Jonathan’s presidential campaign; a man not known to own or operate any viable business; obviously cannot be the man writing a syllabus on how to revive a moribund party plagued by corruption and highlevel impunity.

    • sab

      This is an all-PDP affairs solet them decide either to adopt it or not. It is or them to ether take the message and throw away the messanger or the other way round. They can even take or reject both. You never condemned all the rot APC govt has brought to Nigerians, so leave PDP alone to paddle their own canoe. Itseither they get it right this tine and win or fail and fail again.

  • GusO

    Direct primaries by ALL political parties in Nigeria is the only way Nigerians can select the right politicians to run the affairs of the country. Prof Jerry Gana’s recommendations that the PDP adopt it is the only way they can get back to be reckoned with as a party after they ruined the country through massive corruption and impunity the nation has never experienced until now. Whether they will adopt it remains to be seen, given the corrupt leadership still at the helm of its affairs (people like Wike and Fayose). The problem we have had is corrupt godfathers imposing corrupt candidates on the people so that corruption can survive in perpetuity. Thus NASS is filled up with corrupt people and corrupt ex-governors. If direct primaries are allowed, someone unknown can become known based on his plans and manifesto and be elected just like Trump who defeated about 18 other republican party candidates in the primaries to become the party’s presidential candidate when no one gave him a chance of winning the primaries. Let’s hope that the corrupt and renegade leaders of PDP will have the courage to accept
    Prof Jerry Gama’s recommendations. Therein lies their survival as a a major national party.

  • jon

    Fools once again fooling themselves please nigeria have moved on join A PC or disappear new nigeria is hear to stay lead by President Buhari

  • Fadama

    Dead party

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Gana said that “direct primary system’’, recommended by the committee, would promote free, fair and credible election of candidates for elective offices.


    Mr. Gana said the committee also recommended that adherence to the principles of zoning and rotation of political offices, “guided by the principles of justice, equity, fairness, inclusiveness and balanced representation’’.

    “direct primary” contradicts the “principles of zoning and rotation”. I wonder how the PDP intends to resolve this contradiction. Here is one more demonstration of a lack of thinking or logical skill among the Nigerian elites that will end in confusions, factions, and court cases eventually.