National Caretaker Committee (NCC) Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has reassured that the party would emerge stronger at the end of its crisis.
Makarfi who gave the assurance when the Forum of PDP State Chairmen visited him in Abuja, admitted that the party has lost some ground politically “but will bounce back stronger as soon as the Court of Appeal Judgment is delivered on February 17.”
According to him, “We have not lost some weight because we know where we are going as a party. We believe at the end of the day PDP will be strong again.”
Meanwhile, the Forum of PDP State Chairmen on has elected the Akwa-Ibom State Chairman, Paul Ekpo, to replace the chairman of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (FCT), Alhaji Yinusa Suleiman.
The group visited Makarfi to present the new chairman along with other members of his executive.
Makarfi described the decision to elect a new chairman as a wise one and urged the body to hold meetings regularly at the state and local government levels to make the party more formidable at the grassroots.
He also called on the party chieftains to take a cue from the Jerry Gana-led Strategic Review and Inter Party Affairs Committee and make sacrifices in an effort to rebuild the party.
He noted that the committee was expected to have submitted its report, which will be subjected to extensive and thorough analysis by the various organs to enable the party chart a new course.
Makarfi said the NCC had taken note of the chairmen’s requests, adding that the governor Ayo Fayose-led PDP Governors Forum was already discussing the matter.
Ekpo said, “We came in here as foot soldiers. We are here to introduce a new executive and to thank the PDP chairman of the FCT chapter.
“We are here to thank the National Caretaker Committee. We support its leadership. We were part of the decision that culminated in its election. As people from the grassroots, we want the NCC to support chairmen who do not have PDP governors in their states. We plead that we be involved in critical decision making that affect the party,” Ekpo stated.
Secretary of the Committee, Senator Ben Obi, appreciated the PDP chairmen for their commitment and loyalty and promised that under Makarfi’s leadership “they will continue to have regular meetings with the state chairmen.”
Meanwhile, the national vice-chairman PDP, South West zone, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, has expressed confidence in the appointment of Fayose as the chairman PDP Governors’ Forum.
Olafeso, who spoke yesterday said, “His appointment was a step in the right direction that would eventually lead the PDP out of its current challenges.”