Implementation of Ekweremadu Report Panacea to Challenges Confronting PDP, Says Secondus

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said thorough implementation of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Committee’s report was the panacea to the challenges confronting the Party.

The acting National Chairman of PDP, Chief Uche Secondus, made the observation at the party’s 67th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NEC meeting, was the first since the conclusion of the 2015 general elections in April.

Secondus said what the PDP needed was the implementation of the road map presented to it by the Ekweremadu-led committee.

“We have come to a critical juncture in the life of PDP and the NWC under my leadership is determined to drive the process of re-invention that would ultimately return the party’s lost glory.

“Against this background, we have adopted the recommendations of the Ekweremadu committee as a veritable road map for this process of rejuvenation.

” We call on all to give it their support.

“There are far reaching recommendations that touch on the soul of the party and her potential to re-invent itself.

Secondus said that now that the report was before the NEC, the process of consultation had started.

He said that the PDP brand was still dear to the hearts of majority of Nigerians because it still remained the only national party that articulates the interests of Nigerians.

“All we need is focus at this time and the co-operation of all to reposition it for greater heights,” Secondus said.

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He also stressed the need for party members to be more focused and united in order to be effective in their pursuits.

He called on the federal government to come up with strategic policies on the development pf the nation’s of economy.

In his remarks, Ekweremadu, who is the Deputy President of the Senate, said that PDP would continue to nurture the country’s democracy which it had laid the foundation.

He described PDP as the greatest asssts of Nigeria’s democracy.

“As poeple, as a party, as Nigerians we must come together and ensure that our democracy survives,” Ekweremadu said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, said that the fact that PDP conceded defeat in the 2015 election did not make the elections the best in the history of Nigeria elections.

Mimiko said that the fact about the elections would be revealed after the conclusion of the forensic review of the elections.

Reading the meeting’s Communique, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said that the NEC members had adopted the Ekweremadu-led report.

Metuh added that after thorough consideration of the report, NEC approved that the party should zone its 2019 presidential candidate to the north to enhance its electoral chances.

Responding to question, he said that the party had agreed that the North East should produced a replacement to the National Chairman.

“Uptil now they have not produced any candidate in that regard,” Metuh said.

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