The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has said that the opposition party is not like the All Progressives Congress (APC), which due to fear cannot hold meetings or it’s national convention.
The ruling APC has been unable to organise a national convention for some years now, a development that has remained an issue of concern to some of the members of the party.
Makarfi, who received the chairman of the Steering Committee on the development of strategic plan for National Institute of Legislative Studies, Aminu Shagari, and it’s members on a courtesy visit in Abuja on Tuesday, made mockery of the ruling party over its failure to hold a national convention.
He told Shagari, “You have prayed for a successful convention of the PDP. We are not afraid. We are not APC, we are not afraid to hold convention. We are not afraid to hold meetings and convention because we are democratic.”
According to Makarfi, the process of lawmaking “is not so democratic and the problem facing Nigeria goes beyond ‘nay’ and ‘yea’ because the moment we begin to reduce it to that … sensitive issues that have telling effects on this country can be so lazily settled. We will face the consequences down the line,” he said.
Makarfi had also on Tuesday expressed hope that former Vice President Atiku’s return to PDP will open the floodgates of more high profile returnees and new entrants into the party.
He said while receiving Atiku at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, “Your Excellency, you have opened the floodgates and we expect many more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP.
“So, PDP must be prepared for this, and be ready to reconcile and reiterate in such a way and manner that everybody will be treated and given a level playing field to pursue their personal aspiration. That is what the PDP must stand for if it has to survive.”
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