12 July 2017
A Chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, Sen. Abubakar Girei, has told the newly install chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to rename the party.
The ex-lawmaker, who represented Adamawa Central in the Senate, between 1999 and 2003, said renaming PDP has become necessary because the name was battered and soiled during the last administration.
He said the leadership crisis which was brought to an end by Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling has also affected the party name in a negative way.
The advice by the former lawmaker came following the judgment that declared Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the substantive chairman of PDP against Modu Sheriff led faction group.
In a statement made available to reporters, he insisted that unless PDP is given another name entirely, it will not be able to bark and bite as a major opposition party.
He said, “I congratulate Senator Ahmed Makarfi and PDP for winning their case.
“As a proud APC member and a full blooded Democrat I urge them to put behind all that happened and re-invent, rebrand and reposition PDP to provide a viable and strong opposition to our ruling party.
“Democracy is about choices, and since PDP’s name is already soiled and therefore can no longer fly, they need to start by renaming the party.”