The Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said there were five failed attempts to stop Saturday's non-elective national convention of the party.
Darius Ishaku, Gombe state, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwanbo, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, Rear Admiral, John Jonah, Deputy Governor of Cross River state, Professor Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi state, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, National Vice Chairmen, State Chairmen, Party stalwarts and other leaders of the PDP nationwide.
He recalled that in the party at that time, internal democracy took a backstage, aggrieved party members were disregarded and impunity became the order of the day at various leadership levels in the party.
"If presidential election is to take place in February 2019, the minimum time required by an elected executive needs more than 12 months to settle than".
The governor, who spoke yesterday during the inspection of the Eagles Square venue of the event in Abuja, assured that everything needed for its success had been perfected.
"We are going to overcome that with our resilience and to do the needful".
"Nigerians remember with nostalgia life under the PDP and they are yearning for it to come back".
"But we give glory to God that with that judgment, the PDP has been given a new lifeline and we believe that we will use that opportunity to reposition the party to do better even better than when we were in government".
Indeed. And the electorate can see through all the politicking and selfish interests in both the exits and the speeches of acceptance in new parties and what have you.
"Yesterday, we had a prolong meeting with the leaders from the zone to resolve the issues and no matter what you are doing as a political party, you must lose some members and also gain others".
Meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has just ended at the National Secretariat of the Party, on Friday, August 11, 2017.
"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 issued yesterday, Mark again dismissed speculations that he would decamp from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He added: "And we have every cause to celebrate".
The former number three citizen therefore counselled the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led special convention committee not to leave any stone unturned to guarantee a hitch free exercise.
"We have come this far through a tortuous journey".