PDP’s present state makes me weep, says Ekwueme

Alex Ekwueme. PHOTO: AFP

Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, says the present state of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) draws him close to tears.

Ekwueme, who spoke yesterday in Enugu when members of the Strategy Review and Inter Party Affairs Committee of the party visited to present their report to him, noted that the vision of the party’s founding fathers was to have a mass movement, not just a political grouping tailored after the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa.

He, however, regretted that greed, imposition, indiscipline, lack of internal democracy and other vices had robbed the party of its fortunes.

Stating that the mass movement was one that could control political power for over 50 years, the elder statesman added that the party lost the vision when some politicians, who were not around during its formation, moved in and “converted it into a personal estate.”

His words: “The story of PDP is one that sometimes makes me try to weep each time I remember the party because the founding fathers said that we are going to be in charge for 50 years or more. The idea of the PDP is not just an ordinary party but a mass movement for all Nigerians, just the like the ANC.”

Ekwueme said the ugly erosion of values first manifested in his home state of Anambra, where the re-registration exercise excluded members. The poor handling of the grievances, he added, paved the way for mass defection and anger among stalwarts.

The former vice president stated that it was only former President Musa Yar’Adua that initiated a genuine move to reconcile aggrieved members by touring the six geo-political zones, regretting however, that death could not allow him implement fully his programme of restoration.

Leader of the delegation, Alhaji Aminu Wali, pointed out that that the impunities made the party to lose the 2015 general elections to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also member of the team, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said the PDP was meant for everybody, apologising to Nigerians on the areas the party may have failed to meet their expectations.

He declared that the grouping was now “a born again party” poised to win the 2019 general elections, adding that the PDP was not factionalised but united under the Senator Ahmed Makarafi-led caretaker committee.

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  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    It shows the product and result of the harlotry of the Iboman most especially, which inevitable gave breed to the inroute of treacherous members, which they could not decode or if the did could mot do anything about it because of the wanton harlotry inclination. The result is now the allegiance, which the East have feared. PDP need to review the membership of some of its members and call a spade a spade and re-strategize. The present call by some gerson eating personnel for the emergence of one party state, is clearly a hand written statement of Nigeria seeking for borrowed time. Fortunately I am not a man of hope, I would have said, I hope it would not be so. So I say APC, PDP, UNDP, CHOP I CHOP, UN, AREWA FORUM, ODUWA, OHANEZE NDI IGBO, MASSOB MEND, I would have called Religious groups but can be mis-understood. The ball is your court to chart a balanced, Social justice inclined Democracy for the survival of Nigeria.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Two years ago, I stated here the travails PDP must pass through for creating the terrible situation Nigerians are experiencing today. PDP has just started getting their comeuppances, and they will not stop coming by 2019. Dr Alex Ekwueme, the sins your group had committed against Nigerians from the days of your NPN misrule of the country, one that had Nigeria reeling in the mire of an avoidable economic recession that brought our reputation low before the rest of the world, will not go unaccounted for. Having looted and heaped so much suffering on Nigerians, we were relieved when the military eased your government out of office. The few years you spent hibernating did nothing to change your group’s evil plans for Nigeria. As soon as it was announced that the political process could begin, your group had marshalled Nigerians’ stolen commonwealth and had it deployed in setting up the PDP and buying off everybody that was worth a price. Sixteen years after, we are back again to square one and in yet another avoidable recession. If your thieving members are not promptly separated from their loot, they are very likely to channel it all into setting up Looting Party #3 before the dawn of the next general elections. You are so confident the Nigerian voter will bring you back to power in 2019 since you are very conversant with his antecedent of “collecting to vote.” But it just won’t work out the same way anymore, Doctor. Come 2019, your party in whatever name or shape, will be given the biggest drubbing that is beyond your imagining. The defeat will be so devastating to your group that members will simply disperse and cease to exist as a collective entity. Thereafter, Nigerians will breath a huge sigh of relief for finally getting rid of Nigeria’s reactionary party that stole their collective future over scores of decades. You can write this down as a testament to the evil plans your group held for Nigerians. I can, but will not, tell you the major reasons for your group’s fall. That group – the PDP – in which you belong is getting its comeuppances served on a platter, and this is just beginning…