High Profile Defectors To Return Soon- PDP Says

Fair-weather friends leave PDP for APC — Mark

Fair-weather friends leave PDP for APC — Mark

"As a party we will continue to work hard not to lose anybody, but will work much harder to bring in more members to the party", he said.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the ex-minister also said the 2019 presidential aspirants from the 19 northern states should be subjected to one primary election, while aspirants for the party's chairmanship from the 17 states of the south should also be subjected to one primary. Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said this while inspecting the Eagles Square, venue for party's upcoming Convention.

He said the party must insist that any member of the caretaker committee interested in running for the offices of the president, governor or senate in the 2019 general election should step down now.

A former minister of information‎, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders to extend the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the party by three months. I have no reasons whatsoever to leave the party.

Okowa assured the party that high profile Nigerians will join the party within the next three weeks, stressing: "This is a new PDP and with the excitement we saw after the supreme court victory amongst Nigerians and not only PDP followers, I believe that a lot of people who thought that the party was going to implode by itself will realise that we are back alive and ready to offer what it takes to better the lives of Nigerians".

Mark, in a statement on Thursday ahead of the convention fixed for Saturday, said that the party must ensure a hitch-free convention that would further strengthen its base.

Mark, who had earlier resisted the wave of defection t the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that he would be "the last man standing in the PDP". I have risen to where I am as a Senate President on the platform of the party.

"So, the point I want to make is that I remain in PDP and I will work hard with other faithful members to bring it back".

He expressed optimism about the future of the party after the convention, but warned members that the party could not afford to make another mistake.

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