The Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele, on Sunday, 22nd May, 2016, declared the appointment of former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, as the party’s new National Caretaker Chairman, a welcome development designed to reposition the PDP for victory in subsequent elections in Nigeria.
A statement by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Malik Ibitoye, quoted Ogundele as saying that, “The Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) under the Chairmanship of Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele hereby salutes the courage of the PDP National Planning Committee headed by His Excellency, Gov. Nyesom Wike for its decision to reposition the party by dissolving the National Executive of our party and setting up of Caretaker Committee.
“While it is not a lie that our party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has faced some challenges in recent times, the greatest reality is always the willingness and tenacity of members to assiduously work to ensure this political ship is steered to safety. This has been demonstrated, again, by party members and leaders at the Port Harcourt Convention.
“By our actions at the convention on Saturday, 21 May, the PDP can be likened to a phoenix capable of regenerating itself, rising from its own ashes and subduing predictions of doom.
This great feat is sired by the genuine love for the party and determination of members to steady the voyage despite the turbulent political sea we have continually travelled on. The day has broken for all forces and political leanings to return to base, integrate and build formidable strengths for the future’s greater battle.
“The post-convention period is a time for rebuilding, reconstructing, and recovering the party from the morass of brinkmanship, disunity and meaningless trifles already overcome by the gathering at Port Harcourt, Rivers state. As the only pan-Nigerian party, the PDP can’t afford to put Nigerians in greater despair than they are currently in, no thanks to the ruling federal government. Every PDP member must know that the PDP is a Nigerian project, and, shares a common fate with the country’s democracy. We must not lose hope, but trudge on to achieve unity and victory.
“The Ogun State PDP hereby declares total support for all the decisions taken at the National Convention where the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s led National Executives was dissolved and a Caretaker Committee led by Ex Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi as Chaiman and Senator Ben Obi as Secretary was set up with a mandate to hold a credible National Convention where new National Working Committee members will be elected within 90 days.
”We however assure all members of our great party, PDP in the State of our resolve, in the spirit and letter of the Port Harcourt Convention to work assiduously towards uniting all various interests and reposition the party for sure victory in the 2019 general elections”.