By Ighoyota Amori
For more than a year, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was embroiled in a leadership tussle at the national level, which shock the very foundation and existence of the party, even at a time when members of the party were still grappling with the loss of the presidential election after sixteen years of holding sway. The leadership tussle pitched greater number of progressive leaders, elders and members of the party on the side of the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and a handful of retrogressive members joining the Senator Modu Sheriff faction to act the script of enemies of the party from outside.
At some point, it seemed like the PDP would not be able to come out of the leadership crisis largely believed to be masterminded by the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, to destroy party which is the only alternative opposition needed by Nigerians at a time the country is being taking several years behind the progresses made by the PDP in sixteen years.
Despite this ground plot to see that the PDP goes into extinction, the party on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, was rejuvenated by the Supreme Court judgment which confirmed the authentic national leadership of the party on the Makarfi Caretaker Committee. The nationwide excitement and jubilation by party members indeed attested to the acceptance of the Makarfi leadership that is committed to revamping the party to reclaim the presidency come 2019.
The verdict of the nation’s apex court no doubt rekindled not just the hope of members of the PDP alone, but that of entire Nigerians on the once prejudice judicial system. The courage of the panel of justices that delivered the epoch making judgment is a big signal to the ruling APC that the nation’s judicial system would no longer be under their beck and call.
A big congratulations for the resounding court victory to the PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, all members of the Caretaker Committee, the Chairman and members of the Board of Trustees, PDP Governors Forum, PDP National Assembly caucuses, ex-minister forum, State Chairmen, our indefatigable leaders of Professor Jerry Gana, Chief Olabode George, former PDP governors forum particularly Sule Lamido, Babangida Aliyu, the faithful staff of the PDP National secretariat and all the leaders and members of the PDP family.
Congratulations also the apex court for being supreme in their judgement that brought peace and hope to the country’s nascent democracy. It shows clearly that the judiciary is really the last hope of the common man. In any case, no matter how long a road is, it must have an end. Congratulations to all who stood firmly believing that justice will be done at last. The judicial rascality perpetuated by some compromised judges and justices to undo the PDP are now history. For those members who acted the script of the ruling APC to silence the PDP embrace the genuine hand of fellowship extended by Makarfi to return to the fold in the task to send APC parking from Aso rock in 2019.
The office of the Special Adviser on Reconcilation & Conflict Management is now open at the Wadata Plaza as from Monday, 17th July, 2017, to fully function in line with its mandate to stand by the NCC Chairman to reposition the party for total victory at all levels. …….. Congratulations!
Special Adviser to the PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi on Reconciliation and Conflict Management