By Henry Umoru
AHEAD of the national elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a strong contender for the position of Deputy National Chairman,North, Hajia Maryam Inna Ciroma, has promised to work with the governors, the leadership and members of the PDP in order to take the party from its position of opposition back to the ruling one.
Speaking with Sunday Vanguard, Ciroma, a former PDP National Woman Leader and one-time Minister of Women Affairs, said the governors, party leaders, members, all and sundry will be relevant and supreme in the change agenda, just as she said that she knew where they made mistakes as party members and would join others in taking the party back to the people and take democracy seriously.
The deputy national chairmanship aspirant, who recently resigned as the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), hails from Borno State and is married to a former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma from Yobe State, has, however pleaded with party members to get it right at the convention to avoid messing up the PDP.
“A democracy without an opposition is not a democracy. We need to have a very strong and focused opposition,” she said.
“The PDP is having its elective convention and it is a very serious convention and you know since we lost the election in 2015, we have not had an elective convention, we tried to have one, but unfortunately it did not happen.
We know we have problems in the party, we need to have people that will now look at the problems we had and see how we can now change the way we do things and that is why I am aspiring to be the Deputy National Chairman of this party so that we can now reposition the party and take the party back to the people, take democracy seriously”.