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PDP National Convention: Will the party survive the looming catastrophe?

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has scheduled to hold its Elective National Convention from December 9 – 10, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria. The Convention is supposed to elect officers of the party at the National level to pilot the affairs of the party for a period of four years.

As the major opposition political party in the country and a party that has also been in power since the birth of the forth republic in 1999 till 2015, Nigerians are of the opinion that the success of the PDP Convention in December will end the APC regime of misgovernance, maladministration and total failure to deliver on its campaign promises.

It is however worrisome that the PDP has not leant any lessons from the fourteen months leadership crisis that began on May 21st 2016 and ended at the Supreme Court on July 12, 2017, after some governors on the platform of the party imposed one of their own, the former Governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Sheriff on the Party.

The PDP is once again enmeshed in some serious power-game, involving different stakeholders, zones and organs of the party competing for who becomes the National Chairman of the party and other positions come December 9, 2017. The most worrisome aspect of these power tussles includes and not limited to the following:

1. Culture of impunity and imposition of candidate

2. Influx of immediate past National Working Committee (NWC) members into the race and the records of misappropriation of funds by the same NWC in recent past.

3. Endorsement of some aspirants by the zones and party leaders without recourse to merit and capacity to deliver.

4. Threat by some zones to leave the party if election does not favour them at the convention.

Another disturbing development is the revelation that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), has concluded plans to plant aspirants for key and sensitive offices in the PDP, like the National Chairman, National Secretary, National Organizing Secretary and National Publicity Secretary, in order to destroy the party from within as it did on the wake of the 2015 General Elections.

It is therefore incumbent on the founding fathers of the party and other elders to intervene urgently to rest these ugly developments before the scheduled National convention of the party; otherwise, the PDP is heading for another dangerous implosion that may end the life of the party if proper care is not taken.

Some concerned members of the party are calling on the former Head of States, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and other Generals behind the formation of the party to quickly intervene on these issues to restore peace in the party before the Convention.

Others are also inviting the founding fathers of the PDP that are still alive, e.g former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Dr. Bamanga Tukur and Alhaji Adamu Ciroma to call the rampaging members to order before it is too late.

Some stakeholders have also mooted the option of convening meetings of Major critical stakeholders of the party to brainstorm on the way forward to resolving these issues in order to carry everybody along, to give them sense of belonging and inclusion.

Nigerians are waiting with great expectations that the PDP will conduct a very successful, free, fair and credible Elective National Convention in December 2017, that will end the misery of the failed APC led administrations at all levels.

Dimgba Okonkwo is writing from Ebonyi State

About the author

Oriri Peter is a blogger, an online media expert, an entrepreneur. Founder of Penessaj Communication, He is politically motivated, He has participated in various political campaign platforms, He is also an event planer/social media mobilizer, a social analyst and a strategic thinker. Studied Sociology from Benue State University Makurdi. He is so passionate about the ordinary Nigeria.

Oriri Peter is a blogger, an online media expert, an entrepreneur. Founder of Penessaj Communication, He is politically motivated, He has participated in various political campaign platforms, He is also an event planer/social media mobilizer, a social analyst and a strategic thinker. Studied Sociology from Benue State University Makurdi. He is so passionate about the ordinary Nigeria.

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