PDP: No spe­cial priv­i­leges for ‘no­madic politi­cians’

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yes­ter­day de­clared that it would not give any spe­cial priv­i­leges to new en­trants.

Many erst­while stal­warts of the party who re­nounced their mem­ber­ship be­fore 2015 and af­ter have re-reg­is­tered with the PDP, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing the re­cent Supreme Court judge­ment.

Chair­man of the Na­tional Care­taker Com­mit­tee of the party, Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, who stated this when he re­ceived in au­di­ence, the PDP Res­cue Group led by a for­mer gov­er­nor of the de­funct Gon­gola State, Amb. Wil­ber­force Juta, in Abuja, said the party must evolve mech­a­nisms for ded­i­cated and loyal party men and women.

He said the PDP must learn from the mis­takes of the rul­ing APC, stress­ing that new com­ers must be­have well.

Makarfi noted that Nige­rian politi­cians were “no­madic politi­cians,” who mi­grate from one po­lit­i­cal party to an­other to seek greener pas­tures.

“We are open to ac­cept­ing new en­trants into the party but no spe­cial priv­i­leges for any­body coming into the party. That is not an is­sue to be con­tem­plated. No ex­clu­siv­ity; it will be in­clu­sive with­out any spe­cial priv­i­lege to any­body or group of in­di­vid­u­als.

“That’s how APC got it wrong. We should learn from how APC got it wrong; what we need to do is that we would cre­ate a level-play­ing field and that we don’t lord it over those who have slaved for the party.

“In some African coun­tries, we didn’t hear of this kind of mo­bil­ity. But in Nige­ria, we are no­madic politi­cians. We have many no­madic politi­cians and they should be­have well; they would be wel­comed but I stand by what I said ear­lier.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, a for­mer Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties and Chair­man of the PDP ExMin­is­ters Fo­rum, Al­haji Kabiru Tan­imu Tu­raki, told news­men at the end of the fo­rum’s gen­eral meet­ing at Yar’adua Cen­tre, that they would en­sure that only a cred­i­ble and trans­par­ent per­son emerged as the next na­tional chair­man of the party.

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