Makarfi gets additional four months to lead PDP, vows to overcome all hurdles.

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Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of National Caretaker Committee, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has gotten the party’s approval to hold his position for an additional four months, within which an election for a substantive national chairman would be conducted.

This approval was gotten at the just concluded 75th National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the National Secretariat of the Party, on Friday, August 11, 2017.

The well attended meeting was presided over by the National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, and had the former Senate President, Senator David Mark, GCON, former Senate President and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Ayim Pius Ayim, Governor of Ekiti state and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Delta state and Chairman of the 2017 Special Non-Elective National Convention Planning Committee, Sen. Arthur I. Okowa, former Governor of Akwa Ibom state and Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen. Walid Jubril in attendance.

Also in attendance were Governors of River state, Chief Nyesom Wike, Taraba state, Arc. Darius Ishaku, Gombe state, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwanbo, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, Rear Admiral, John Jonah, Deputy Governor of Cross River state, Professor Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi state, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, National Vice Chairmen, State Chairmen, Party stalwarts and other leaders of the PDP nationwide.

The Chairman of the PDP, Sen. Makarfi, after his opening remark, thanked members of the party for the overwhelming attendance in just a short notice and called on the Chairman of the 2017 Non-Elective Special National Convention Planning Committee, Sen. Arthur I. Okowa to give report on the preparation so far for the Convention.

Senator Okowa briefed NEC and declared that all is set for a successful Special Non-Elective National Convention on Saturday (today) August 12, 2017, in Eagle Square, Abuja by 10Am.

The PDP’s NEC deliberated on the issues of parallel Congresses in some states of the federation and resolved that all matters relating to such states should be referred to the Convention for final decision. The NEC also received a Memo on issues concerning some states in the South West, especially in Osun, Lagos and Ogun and resolved that the matter be taken to the National Convention for ratification. The motion was moved and adopted.

In line with the above, the PDP’s NEC unanimously affirmed that the dissolution of Anambra state and the setting up of the State Caretaker Committee and all existing recognized states and zonal excos be referred to the Special Non Elective National Convention for affirmation.

Finally, the PDP’s NEC proposed a four months extension for the National Caretaker Committee (NCC), in order to allow time to prepare and conduct an elective National Convention to elect new officers for the PDP.

The 75th NEC Meeting was adjourned and the meeting ended by 9:30pm on Friday (yesterday).

Meanwhile, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi has alleged there were five failed attempts to stop the Saturday non-elective national convention of the party.

Makarfi disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 75th PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party held at the party national Secretariat on Friday in Abuja.

“At least there were four or five attempts to this convention through the court but as God will have it we overcame all those attempts.”

Apparently referring to the deposed PDP-spoiler, Sen Sheriff, Sen Makarfi assured that despite all the untiring efforts of the deposed Sherrif’s faction to thwart the efforts of the PDP to come out strong, the PDP will overcome.

“Some people never give up. We must not think that we are out of the woods. People will continue with legal minds in our paths. We are going to overcome that with our resilience and to do the needful,” Makarfi said.

The Governor of Ekiti and PDP Governors’ Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, also speaking at the meeting, pledged the forum’s commitment and submission to PDP decisions. He urged all NEC members to embrace the spirit of new beginning for the party to make the Saturday convention a success.

The Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen. Wali Jubrin gave the assurance that the board would not allow the party to die. Jubrin congratulated the party on its victory at the Supreme Court judgment delivered on July 12.

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