PDP promises equal rights, privileges to loyalists, new members

National Secretary, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ben Obi (left); National Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi; Party Leader, Olugbenga Daniel; Deputy National Chairman, South-West, Eddy Olafeso and member, National Caretaker Committee, Ina Ciroma, during the swearing-in of states’ caretaker committees for the party in Abuja… yesterday.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it would accord equal rights and privileges to politicians joining the party.

Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who stated this while inaugurating the caretaker committees of the party in some states, also said the window for reconciliation with aggrieved members would remain open in the face of reconstitution of state chapters of the party.

Makarfi noted that the decision to inaugurate these sets of caretaker committees was to meet up with the time given to the national caretaker committee by the party’s national convention earlier this month.

He said that they extended invitation to stakeholders in the state so as to have a harmonised caretaker committee.

He said: “We don’t have luxury of time. We won’t allow circumstance to hold us back. We called both sides. You can’t force everybody to come. We thank all those that came.

“Those who genuinely repent and give in to the party will be given equal chance. As we move, we remain flexible and accommodating. We have not closed the door and we will never close the door. We will create level-playing field for everybody,” he said.

He, however, noted that they dissolved the state executives in order to ensure unity because of sharp divisions in the party.

The PDP boss also stressed that the new caretaker committees would also help to ensure that the mistake and court cases that arose from the past congresses would not occur again.

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