The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday, reassured all its members that the party would provide a level playing field and accommodate their interest, especially as the 2019 elections come closer.
In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, the party admitted that there have been concerns by members of the party following the recent defection of some returnee members from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party noted that while the concerns are genuine, it stated that the national leadership has learned from previous mistakes and taken measures to ensure that every member of the party gets equal opportunities to pursue their political interests.
The statement read, “The PDP says it has taken note of all concerns raised by highly respected and committed leaders of the party, as it concerns accommodation of interests, as well as new alignments, and has since taken extensive measures that would ultimately ensure that no person or group is, in anyway, short-changed.
“While the PDP appreciates and values such concerns, it is instructive to inform that the national leadership of our party has already envisaged the challenges of an enlarged family and has since made adequate arrangements that would effectively cover all interests for the task ahead.
“The repositioned PDP has amply learnt from the past. All members must, therefore, dispel every fear in relation to control of our structure as well as processes for selection of candidates for election, especially on the choice of our Presidential candidates.”
The opposition party also claimed that it was the party to beat in next year’s general elections, promising to unseat the ruling APC from the Presidential Villa.
“Our great party has now, more than ever before, become a centrepiece of the new patriotic and broad-based engagements by overwhelming majority of Nigerians, across board, in the renewed democratic realignment that places priority on rescuing our nation from the misrule of President Muhammadu Buhari and his anti-people All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP statement comes a day after Ahmed Makarfi, a former caretaker of the PDP and former governor of Kaduna State, cautioned the party against accepting all its returnee members and giving them higher responsbility while overlooking its longstanding members.