The Peoples Democratic Party says members of the state caretaker committees are not allowed to contest any executive position in the party in their states.
It said the caretaker committees should work to build the party in their respective states and prepare the ground for its smooth running for the incoming executive members.
The Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, gave the directive in Abuja on Wednesday while inaugurating its caretaker committees for Lagos and Kwara states.
The chairman of the Lagos State caretaker committee is Chief Tunde Akindehin while the Kwara State PDP will be chaired by Tunde Osolake.
Makarfi urged the members to be guided by the principles of mutual accommodation and knowledge that power only comes from God, who, He said would only give it to whom He delighted in.
He said, “A state that has 30 states for instance has to set up 30 caretaker committees. Not everyone can find accommodation in the caretaker committees. Those who want to aspire to elective offices should not aspire to be members of the caretaker committees.
“As you consult to constitute caretaker committees, bear this in mind. Let those interested in elective offices begin to present themselves to the card-carrying members of the party.”
The former governor of Kaduna State added, “You must brace for enormous responsibilities, which include the setting up of local government and ward caretaker committees as well as preparations for the congresses at the ward and local government levels.
“Your responsibility is to set up LG and ward caretaker committees. That is where the real politicking is. There is intense politicking at the local government and ward levels; so that we can begin preparations for the congresses at the state, local governments and wards.”
He restated the readiness of the PDP to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress in 2019, stating that the officers of the party would play a major role in the exercise.