The Oasis Reporters
March 20, 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Godsday Orubebe, who is former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs has urged the party to embrace urgent reforms to prevent its demise declaring that the party has crossed the bridge from pride to shame.”
Recall that Godsday Orubebe caused a stir during the collation of the 2015 presidential election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja. He wrote an
open letter to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, saying that the PDP would need vigour, courage and sustainable ideas to bounce back to reckoning.
He lamented that the PDP is still lost in depression and suffering from a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) adding that imposition, impunity, arrogance and greed were responsible for the party’s electoral defeat in 2015.
In Orubebe’s reckoning, the PDP had regressed to the same imposition, impunity, arrogance and greed that heralded its electoral misfortune, adding that its leaders are not building a culture of democratic representation.
The former Minister said the party must accept that it made mistakes while in power for 16 years stressing that the crisis rocking the platform was compounded by the mishandling of its last national convention as he urged the party leadership to embrace reforms and re-organise in order to break down the silos of loyalty and allegiance within the party.
“We have gone from a party of pride to a party of shame and gradually receding into the abyss of political reality. For the simple reason that the nation is witnessing calls for the rise of a “third force,” we are fast becoming a shadow of ourselves,” he wrote.
“The party is gradually coming under the control of certain individuals, who are exhibiting dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviours.
“One of the biggest challenges that the PDP faces is balancing its needs for funding with established egalitarian values and internal systems. If the party continues to be held hostage by few major donors, it will continue to find it difficult to instil the values that will endear us Nigerians.
“We must take our appeal to Nigerians and through our reforms, let the party truly become a people-funded party. Small donations from millions of Nigerians will go a long way in the party’s financial requirements and will create the necessary atmosphere for true ownership among members of the party.
“It is my expectation that the necessary reforms will be put in place before it is too late to salvage what we have left.”
Source : Thewill