The Former Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi has speculated on why the South-West lost the PDP Chairmanship position.
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The Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi has opened up on why the South-West lost out of the PDP Chairmanship position at the Party’s National Convention.
Makarfi disclosed that the inability of the Yorubas to unite and produce a consensus candidate for the chairmanship position from the region contributed to their loss at the polls.
Prince Uche Secondus from the South-South region, was on Sunday elected as the new chairman of the PDP National Working Committee.
Makarfi explained that related to the failure of the South-West was also a ‘damaging campaign,’ initiated by an unnamed individual which greatly affected the chances of the South-West.
Makarfi explained: “For the south-west, it was at the convention venue that they resolved on a consensus candidate. And even then, another candidate came to the state box and met the leaders and said, look, they never resolved, that he was still in the race. So, it was a total confusion.
“Somebody signs on behalf of other candidates and say ‘we now have a consensus candidate and please support him’ and another going around and saying ‘no, we don’t have a consensus candidate’.
“The whole issue of the south-west was its inability to put itself in order in good time. And then allowing some characters that cannot stand up in terms of credibility to occupy the political and media landscape; all kinds of abuses.
“And we cautioned them that that negative campaign by one individual was damaging them as people and members of the PDP and they needed to call that person to order. Still, they never called him to order. And as far as I know, ninety-percent of PDP members that person comes to will run away.