The Deputy President of Nigeria’s Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has enjoined the interim National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, to make the reconciliation of all aggrieved and divergent interests within the party its priority. He also expressed strong confidence in the leadership qualities of the National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi and his team.
Senator Ekweremadu said there were no legal or judicial encumbrances to the convention or the emergences of the interim NWC. He maintained that the convention did not conduct any elections but simply acted within its constitutional powers as the highest decision-making organ of the PDP to appoint an interim NWC to oversee the affairs of the party and also conduct elections into the NWC positions within 90 days.
He stated this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from Port-Harcourt, where he attended the Saturday national convention of the opposition party. Senator Ekweremadu, who was in the company of the interim National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi, said what exists within the PDP were only contending interests, which, according to him, were normal in any political family.
“Distinguished Senator Maikarfi is a quality leader, a pan-Nigerian, and someone I have worked with for many years in the Senate. He also served on the PDP Post Election Review Committee, which I chaired; I am sure his team is already reaching out to reassure all interests and amicably resolve any outstanding issues ahead of conducting a free, fair, and credible election of NWC members in line with the mandate handed to them by the party in Port-Harcourt”.
The Deputy Senate President also dismissed media reports purporting the existence of factions in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing them as false, baseless, and misguided.
“For the purpose of clarification, there are no factions within the PDP family as I speak. What we have are contending interests. Such is common in any party. Yes, there were some disagreements but the good thing is that we have not allowed such disagreements to degenerate into a major crisis that would warrant factions.
“Instead, what happened in Port-Harcourt over the weekend further confirms PDP’s capacity to resolve issues in favour of laid down precepts and in the overall interest of our great party and nation. Am sure what happened in Port-Harcourt remains a disappointment for those who were expectant of major crisis and factions in the PDP because we emerged from the convention more determined to change the change, to save our economy, reposition the electoral process, and make life more bearable for the suffering masses of Nigeria again”.
In another development, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated the call for a decentralised policing, and reinforcement of the federal police to help combat the nation’s security challenges.
He made the call in Abuja while decorating one of his newly promoted security aides, Mr. Uchenna Igwebuike, with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Senator Ekweremadu, who commended the Police for rewarding hard work through the promotion, however observed that Nigeria could no longer afford to do the same thing continually and expect a different result. He said unitary police, which the country currently operates, does not suit a federal arrangement.
“First of all, let me say that I am happy with this promotion. It shows that hard work pays and this is the reward for hard work. The officer has showed exemplary dedication to his work; he has been a true professional. So, he deserves this promotion and I also believe that the sky is his limit in his chosen profession.
“All the same, I still hold my view that in addition to the central police, which we have today, we need other levels of policing. States, local governments, and possibly other major institutions should be able to have their own police that is well coordinated,” he said.
The Deputy Senate President further added that, the Police as it is today needs more support in order to meet the peoples’ expectations in terms of policing, “But, in the interim, we need to ensure efficiency in the central policing we have. We need to ensure that they are equipped, trained, and motivated to do the work they have been constitutionally empowered to do, while we explore modalities to work out the decentralised policing system for our country in tandem with all federal institutions all over the world”.