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‘We are government-in-waiting’: PDP talks tough ahead of 2019

‘We are government-in-waiting’: PDP talks tough ahead of 2019
The Peoples Democractic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it was not just an opposition party but a government-in-waiting.

Chairman of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, said this when he received reports of the party's Strategy Review Committee led by Jerry Gana in Abuja.

The Gana's committee was set up in November 2016, to evolve ways to reconcile the party leadership crisis and reposition it to win future elections.

Mr. Gana said the committee also planned to have a brief session with PDP governors and the National Assembly caucus before the submission of the report.

“This is to inform them on some of the issues and recommendations that are contained in the report.

“This is also to accommodate any input they can bring forward so as to bring everybody on board,'' he said.

Meanwhile Makarfi said the PDP would become the ruling party in 2019 if its members did the right thing.

“It is in the interest of Nigerians that opposition exists and is strong.

“Nigerians will not expect opposition that behaves in unruly manner; one that will be there to talk down on government all the time.

“I think we should not be unreasonable in our opposition.

“We should use our brains so that when we criticise and bring out alternative ways of doing things, we will convince Nigerians that we are better set of people to rule Nigeria.

“But, if we show that there is no difference, Nigerians will say `no, they are birds of the same feather'.

“That is why we must criticise, using our brain to actually connect with Nigerians so that we can convince them that we are what we say we are,”

On reconciliation in the party

“We must not close door for reconciliation and negotiation but we must reconcile based on strong position. A unified judgment by Court of Appeal will place us in good stead.''

“We are waiting for judgment that will restore hope.

“How the court will restore that hope is for the will of PDP members to be respected, and we are giving the legal right for us to go ahead to build a virile party.''

Mr. Gana on the other hand said the committee would submit its final report at the end of January.

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