By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has applauded the Wednesday ruling of the Supreme Court affirming Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic National Chairman of the party.
It would be recalled that Senator Makarfi’s Caretaker Committee had approached the apex court to challenge the Appeal Court’s ruling affirming Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s National Chairman.
Addressing Journalists in Ilorin on Wednesday, the state Chairman of the party, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, described the ruling as “a welcome development and a relief to Nigerians yearning for a virile opposition party, the absence of which has made the ruling APC to be slumbering and denying the citizens good governance.”
He said: “We thank the judiciary for staying on the side of the truth and we urge its officials to continue in that direction, so that together we can build a country where there will be equal opportunities for all regardless of class status.”
“With this landmark judgment, our great party the PDP is now in a better stead to play its role as the leading opposition party in the country. It is also a great opportunity to reposition the party ahead of the 2019 general elections, “adding that the feat recorded by the party in the last weekend senatorial bye election in Osun state is a pointer to this.
Saying there is no victor, no vanquished by the apex court ruling, Fagbemi called on members of the party, particularly in Kwara state to be united and take a cue from what “unity achieved in Osun state senatorial bye election,” saying the supreme court ruling has finally put an end to factions and divisions in the PDP at both national and state levels.
In Kwara state, he said, there is no legacy to continue, adding that it’s time for the change to be changed not only in the state but also at the national level.
Prince Fagbemi therefore appealed to members of the party in the Sheriff camp as well as others in other parties to join hands with the them to wrestle power from the ruling APC in the state as well as at national level.