Clark wants Makarfi’s tenure extended
A former minister of information, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders to extend the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfiled National Caretaker Committee of the party by three months.
The party’s non-elective convention slated for Saturday, is likely to extend the tenure of the caretaker committee.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the ex-minister also said the 2019 presidential aspirants from the 19 northern states should be subjected to one primary election, while aspirants for the party’s chairmanship from the 17 states of the south should also be subjected to one primary.
Chief Clark, an elder statesman, said a situation where governors, government functionaries and candidates provided logistics and conveyed delegates to Abuja and other voting locations should be avoided.
“The Makarfi 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 is 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,” he said.