PDP Convention: Makarfi’s NCC Must Not Exceed Three Months, Clarke Warns

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*** Warns Party Not To Allow Govs Impose Candidates, Handle Logistics

By Chibuzo Ukaibe, 

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) non elective national convention, elder statesman and former federal commissioner for information, Chief Edwin Clarke, yesterday warned that the Sen Ahmed Makarfi -led National Caretaker Committee (NCC) should not be allowed to exceed three months in office.

Clarke, who recalled that he has warned that party in 2014 not to impose candidates, noted that the party to jettison a practice where governors, government functionaries and candidates provide Logistics and convey delegates to Abuja and other voting locations.

The former federal commissioner also advocated the adoption of direct primaries ahead of the elective convention, just as he declared his support for zoning of party’s 2019 presidential ticket to the North and the national chairmanship seat to the South.

He however insisted that all party members from those regions are free to contest those positions.

A former PDP chieftain, Clarke, who declared his resignation from partisan politics after the 2015 general election, however justified his warning to the party on grounds that he remains a statesman and stakeholder in the Nigeria project who has been contributing to the peace and development the country.

He said “I have observed the Constitution of PDP  and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and wish to state as follows:

“Senator Ahmed  Markarfi’s  Caretaker Committee should be given at most another three months to allow new executives and other organs of the Party to be elected  it enable the Party move on. Any time longer than three months will not be in the best interest of the Party and its members. 
 
“If  Presidential election is to take place  in February 2019, the minimum time required by an elected executive will not be more than 12  months to settle down.  If there are interested members of the Caretaker Committee for elective 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.”
 
On the Zoning of Presidency and Chairmanship of the Party, Clarke, who endorsed the post-election and reconciliation committee led by deputy senate president, Sen Ike
Ekweremadu Committee Report which zoned  the Presidency to the North, and the National Chairmanship to  the  South.

He added “Let all Presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to  one Primary,  whereas, all National Chairmanship candidates from the 17 States of the South be subjected also  to one Primary to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalize democracy.

“Nigeria’s Democracy, as a State Policy in Nigeria is expressed in Chapter 2, section 14 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and  shall be stated based on the principles of Democracy and Social Justice. 

“It is hereby accordingly declared that: (a). Sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom Government, through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority. 
 
“(b). The participation by the people in their government shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. Governors  and other functionaries of government should not impose Candidates or delegates from their States. 

“This was my warning in 2014, when I issued a Press statement that PDP will destroy itself  through the  imposition of candidates, and that was what  happened, when the then  National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and then incumbent  Governors imposed unpopular candidates on the electorate. 
 
“(4). A situation where  governors, government functionaries and candidates provide Logistics and convey delegates to Abuja and other voting locations  should be jettisoned. 

“I strongly recommend that direct Primary election should be adopted where delegates would  be made to vote at their localities, where no one will take advantage of and manipulate them.

“In order words, the recommendations of Professor Jerry Gana led Committee should be implemented.”

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