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PDP Vows To Regain Power As Makarfi Takes Over Party Secretariat

Following the ruling of the Supreme Court on Wednesday , which sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, the National Caretaker Committee of the party, under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi , has taken over the PDP national secretariat in Abuja after the judgment .

The secretariat was until Wednesday morning occupied by Sheriff and his loyalists .

Members of the party trooped to the erstwhile deserted secretariat located at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja .

As soon as the Supreme Court made the pronouncements , drummers and praise singers took over the party secretariat, singing and dancing as politicians in their large number rushed to the secretariat.

Among the early birds at the office were Makarfi and members of his team ; former Minister of Information , Prof. Jerry Gana; a former governor of Cross River State , Liyel Imoke; Plateau State ex -governor , Jonah Jang; a former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode ; PDP Board of Trustees member, Prof. Ahmed Alkali ; and a former Chairman , DAAR Communication , Chief Raymond Dokpesi , among others .

Drummers, trumpeters and singers were also on hand to welcome Makarfi and his team to the party’ s erstwhile temporary secretariat located at Wuse Zone 2.

Members of staff of the parties , who had been receiving less than half salary for more than a year , also joined in the celebration.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP has vowed to regain power in the country in 2019.

Makafi stated this at a meeting he had with members of the party’ s Senate caucus shortly after the Supreme Court verdict which affirmed his leadership of the party.

The meeting was held at the private residence of the Governor of Ekiti State , Mr . Ayodele Fayose , in Abuja .

Fayose is the chairman of the PDP Governors ’ Forum .

Makarfi said the party would not repeat the mistakes of the past, adding that history must not be allowed to repeat itself .

He urged the leadership of the party to work together and also ensure that nobody “ is allowed to hold the party to ransom again . ”

He said the All Progressives Congress made a blunder in Osun State , adding that this was the reason why the ruling party in the state lost the Osun-West senatorial election to the PDP.

He said , “ Work , we must work together. We must also learn to accommodate . But that should not be to the detriment of the people who fought for the party.

“ Just as we take Osun West, we will take Nigeria in style by 2019.

“ We would be coming with a programme that would be realistic and will not be against any constitution of the party, electoral act or any law whatsoever.

Makarfi told the senators and others present at the meeting that the party’ s leadership would meet on Tuesday with the party’ s Board of Trustees .

He said it was after the meeting that decisions would be taken on when the party would have its National Executive Committee meeting.

The former governor of Kaduna State added , “ All the caucuses are meeting soon , I think on Tuesday or so . We must be tactical , we must be careful and we must know that the enemies are also watching .

“ The enemies are shivering already. Today is a turning point of things in Nigeria . We are moving forward . Where we have erred, we must tell Nigerians that we erred and seek their forgiveness. This is a collective victory. ’’

Fayose , however , said , “ The wall of Jericho has fallen . We must come together to get power in 2019. ”

He declared that the Supreme Court judgment had placed the party on good stead to return to power in 2019.

He assured the Makarfi – led leadership of the full cooperation of the governors , adding that , “ where we need to speak we will speak , where we need to spend money , we will spend” .

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