Prolonged Crisis May Affect PDP’s 2019 Projection, Says Makarfi

  •  Party’s state chairmen back Makarfi
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has warned that the lingering leadership crisis in the party might have a negative impact on its electoral chances if not quickly addressed.

He said though the PDP has lots of potential and electoral value, allowing the intra-party dispute to fester will be detrimental to the fortunes of the party in 2019.

Speaking while receiving 24 state chairmen of the party in Abuja who came on a solidarity visit, Makarfi advised the former national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to embrace dialogue and not to constitute an obstacle to the progress of the party.

“It is unfortunate what is happening but equally it is good in the sense that PDP is alive, PDP is potentially a party people love and is a party like a government in waiting. If it is not worth anything nobody will struggle over it. But we must not over-stretch this fact for too long because this will be injurious to the party and can affect the fortunes of the party in the long run, not only in our attempt to retain the states we have but also winning the states we lost and capturing power at the centre,” he said.

Makarfi said that the caretaker committee was appointed to chart a way forward for the party and not to witch-hunt anybody.