PDP’s present state makes me weep, says Ekwueme
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.