PDP Crisis: Makarfi assures aggrieved members of level playing ground
The chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has cautioned party members against the culture of impunity, for the party to make progress.
Makarfi spoke at the party’s Abuja secretariat on Wednesday while receiving PDP stakeholders from Oyo and Osun state chapters.
Warning against cutting corners to achieve ambitions, the party chair said such actions could be counterproductive, stressing that the culture of impunity was partly responsible for the party’s past crises.
He said, “We must stop cutting corners. We live in a high litigious society. When we cut corners thinking that nobody will see you, a lot of people have seen you. At a time you least expect, somebody will drag you to court again. Therefore, what is worth doing is worth doing well”.Stating that internal wrangling could only weaken the PDP, Makarfi said nobody stands to gain from disunity.
“We are not in politics to suffer but (to) form government. PDP was the dominant party but internal crisis caused us to lose election,” he added.
He stressed the need to consolidate the party’s recent victory at the Supreme Court by doing the right thing all the time.
Makarfi said, “Political victory means expanding the scope of the party, reconciling with the reconcilable and attracting members into the party that will enable us regain political power at the centre by overwhelming majority,” he stated.
”Some of us that have been occupied by power acquisition, whether they are in the party or they are contemplating to come into the party, they are more glued to the acquisition of political power, that can derail the party.
”Let’s build a strong and virile political party. Let there be a level playing field for people to freely choose who they want to present as party’s candidates. That is the surest way to get to power come 2019. That is what internal democracy entails.”While opening our doors wide to all and sundry, the party must be conscious that the structure must not be compromised in a way that diminishes the enthusiasm.
“I will stick to the party guidelines and constitution in doing whatever we do. We must consult on fundamental issues, use consensus as much as possible and move forward”.
The party chairman assured the gathering of neutrality, objectivity and transparency in the running of the affairs of the party by entrenching the culture of inclusiveness.
Makarfi enjoined those shopping for platforms to feed their political ambitions rather than building the party to have a rethink.
He warned that failing to follow due process in resolving political issues could lead to litigation, which might eventually lead to crisis situation.
Those at the meeting include Senators Iyiola Omisore, Akin Olasunkanmi, Chief Olu Alabi, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Senator Hosea Agbooola among others.
Some of the participants from Oyo state announced that they came to represent former Governors Adebayo Alao Akala and Rashidi Ladoja at the meeting.