Okowa heads PDP non-election convention committee

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 9, 2017

According to The Nation, the PDP appointed Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe) as chairman and deputy chairman of a reconciliation committee set up to woo the high profile politicians back to its fold.

The committee was immediately inaugurated by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi, said he would work with the Reconciliation Committee to ensure that all aggrieved members returned to the party.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and now governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, had led members from the lower chamber into the APC.

Chairman of the convention committee, ‎Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said, "We are aware that we have challenges but we are also aware that God has a objective for that".

Makarfi counselled the Reconciliation Committee to reach out to all former members who had gone to other parties and even non-members who could be convinced to join the PDP provided that they did not give any conditionality. "We must reconcile and bring back all those who have held important positions in the past including past President, Vice President and others", adding that the reconciliation scope was not limited to post-2015 election defeat fallout which saw some members quit the party.

Makarfi also mandated the committee to reach out to other individuals who have never been in the PDP with a view to bringing them into the party without any conditions attached.

Makarfi said those targets should "include President, Vice President, governors and former senate presidents, speaker of House of the Representatives".

The division reportedly started after AYCF leader, Alhaji Yerima Shettima granted an interview, asking Buhari and Atiku and other northern political leaders above 60 years of age to perish the thought of seeking elective offices in 2019.

He added that all of party members who weathered the storm would not be abandoned, adding "We can not foreclose opportunity for those who stay behind when through the turbulent period of the party".

"All Progressives Congress (APC) is now dying and is nearly dead".

The former minister who was a chairman of the APC merger committee, further said that APC's 2015 victory was secured by the PDP defectors.

"I like us to receive then with open hands and we will rebuild the party".

He said the committee issued him a query but rather than respond to the issue, Emeakayi disparaged the national leadership.

"His reply not only showed disrespect to the National Caretaker Committee, he disparaged the personality of the chairman and the secretary".

He mocked the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) for its inability to hold a convention, noting that the only meeting its leadership held recently, some of its governors came out to threaten that they may dump the party.

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