PDP STRATEGY AND INTRA PARTY REVIEW COMMITTEE, SUBMITS REPORT
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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, Professor 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. Prof. 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 should the party be 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. Prof Gana said the committee also recommended 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 contains recommendations on the proposed review and amendment of the party’s constitution and manifesto, adding that it also presented “world-class” best practices of good governance for adoption.
Receiving the report, the Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed 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 activities of the caretaker committee towards moving the party forward. Senator 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,’’ Senator Makarfi said.
According to him, though PDP had many remarkable achievements in its 16 years of ruling the country, the party members regret and apologise to the electorate for its past mistakes. He assured Nigerians that the party will stand for institutional change and market it to the electorate 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 forms of nonsense in government will continue. We must free them from selfish control by public office holders,’’ 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 contained in the report. The party also offered prayers for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and for his safe return to the country.
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9th February 2017