THE 67th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held in Abuja, on Thursday, October 15, has formally adopted the report of the post-election review committee headed by Ike Ekweremadu, deputy Senate president, on how to reposition the party.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and read by Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of the party, the PDP said that after a thorough consideration of the report, the NEC approved that the party should zone its 2019 presidential candidate to the north to enhance its electoral chances.
Besides, Metuh disclosed that the party had agreed that the North East should produce the next national chairman of the PDP. “Up till now they have not produced any candidate in that regard,” Metuh said.
Further, the NEC approved the biometric registration of the party members nationwide.
The NEC approved that the party should do everything humanly possible to support and fight for its candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
In the eight-point communiqués, the NEC “thanked the leaders, elected and appointed officials of the party and members nationwide for their commitment to the party,
especially the progress of the National Working Committee, NWC, with regard to the rebuilding efforts.”
The NEC meeting, was the first since the conclusion of the 2015 general elections in April.
Making a case for the adoption of the Ekweremadu committee report, Uche Secondus, acting national chairman of the PDP, had told the NEC that the National Working Committee, NWC, after a thorough examination had decided that adoption of the report was the only way out for the party
Secondus said what the PDP needed was the implementation of the road map presented to it by the Ekweremadu-led committee in order to return to its winning ways.
He said: “We have come to a critical juncture in the life of the PDP and the NWC under my leadership is determined to drive the process of re-invention that would ultimately return the party’s lost glory. Against this background, we have adopted the recommendations of the Ekweremadu committee as a veritable road map for this process of rejuvenation.”
Consequently, Secondus appealed to party members to give it their unwavering support saying that the recommendations touched on the soul of the party and its potentials to re-invent itself.
Secondus said that now that the report was before the NEC, the process of consultation had started.
He said that the PDP brand was still dear to the hearts of majority of Nigerians because it still remained the only national party that had articulated the interests of Nigerians.
“All we need is focus at this time and the co-operation of all to reposition it for greater heights,” Secondus said.
He also stressed the need for party members to be more focused and united in order to be effective in their pursuits.
He called on the federal government to come up with strategic policies on the development pf the nation’s of economy.
In his remarks, Ekweremadu, who is the deputy president of the Senate, said that the PDP would continue to nurture the country’s democracy which it had laid the foundation.
He described PDP as the greatest assets of Nigeria’s democracy.
“As people, as a party, as Nigerians we must come together and ensure that our democracy survives,” Ekweremadu said.
Speaking in the same vein, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State and chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, said that the fact that the PDP conceded defeat in the 2015 election did not make the elections the best in the history of Nigeria elections.
Mimiko said that the fact about the elections would be revealed after the conclusion of the forensic review of the elections.
— Oct 26, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT