…Warns governors, money bags to end impunity in the party
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Ahead of the coming non elective convention of the People’s Democratic Party, elder statesman, Edwin Clarke has advised that the Ahmed Makarfi led caretaker committee should be allowed three months only to steer clear the party from issues confronting it.
Chief Clarke also warned against the hijack of the party’s convention by State governors and money bags as that was capable of pushing the party back to the era of impunity.
In a statement he personally signed, the elder statesman said “Markarfi Caretaker Committee should be given at most another three months to allow new executives and other organs of the Party to be elected and let the Party move on. Any time longer than three months will not be in the interest of the Party.
“If Presidential election is to take place in February 2019, the minimum time required by an elected executive needs more than 12 months to settle down. If there are interested members of the Caretaker Committee in elected positions, such as President, Senator or Governor. Such persons should not remain in Office as members of the Caretaker Committee for more than three months.”
On the zoning of Presidency and Chairmanship of the Party, he advised that part of the Ekweremadu Committee Report which zoned the Presidency to the zoned to the North, and the National Chairmanship to the South should be adopted.
“Let all Presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to one Primaries; whereas, all National Chairmanship candidates from the 17 States of the South be also be subject to one Primaries, to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalize democracy.”
He said that Governors and other functionaries of government should not impose Candidates or delegates from their States.
“This was my warning in 2014 , when I issued a Press Release that PDP will destroy itself through the imposition of candidates and that what happened, when the National Chairman, Alhaji Muazu and incumbent Governors imposed unpopular candidates on the electorates.
“A situation whereby governors, government functionaries and candidates provides Logistics and convey delegates to Abuja and other voting locations should be avoided. I strongly recommend that direct Primaries should be adopted where delegates should be made to vote at their localities, where no one will take advantage and manipulate them. In order words, the recommendations of the Professor Jerry Gana Committee should be implemented”, Clarke said.
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