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PDP Convention Ogun chapter backs Makarfi's emergence

Ibitoye further disclosed that though the party has faced challenges in recent time, the willingness of the party to work together and regain power was clearly shown at the national conference.

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The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have backed the emergence of Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the interim leader of the party after the convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

In a statement by the Ogun State PDP, the Chairman, Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele, on Sunday, May 22, 2016 declared the appointment of the ex-Kaduna State Governor a welcome development designed to reposition the PDP for victory in subsequent elections in Nigeria.

The statement which was released by the state's Publicity Secretary, Malik Ibitoye, quoted Ogundele as saying, "The Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) under the Chairmanship of Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele hereby salutes the courage of the PDP National Planning Committee headed by His Excellency, Gov. Nyesom Wike for its decision to reposition the party by dissolving the National Executive of our party and setting up of Caretaker Committee."

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Ibitoye further disclosed that though the party has faced challenges in recent time, the willingness of the party to work together and regain power was clearly shown at the national conference.

'While it is not a lie that our party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has faced some challenges in recent times, the greatest reality is always the willingness and tenacity of members to assiduously work to ensure this political ship is steered to safety. This has been demonstrated, again, by party members and leaders at the Port Harcourt Convention.

'By our actions at the convention on Saturday, 21 May, the PDP can be likened to a phoenix capable of regenerating itself, rising from its own ashes and subduing predictions of doom. This great feat is sired by the genuine love for the party and determination of members to steady the voyage despite the turbulent political sea we have continually travelled on. The day has broken for all forces and political leanings to return to base, integrate and build formidable strengths for the future’s greater battle,' Ibitoye said.

While the state PDP await a credible National Convention where new National Working Committee members will be elected within 90 days, Ibitoye assured members of resolving internal differences to reposition the party in the state for the 2019 elections.

'We however assure all members of our great party, PDP in the State ‎of our resolve, in the spirit and letter of the Port Harcourt Convention to work assiduously towards uniting all various interests and reposition the party for sure victory in the 2019 general elections,' Ibitoye said.

The national conference of the PDP held on May 21, 2016 in Port Harcourt and saw the exit of Ali Modu Sheriff as the interim leader and the national working committee.

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