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PDP crisis: Party chieftain urges Jonathan to take control


Former President Goodluck Jonathan PHOTO: Philip Ojisua

Former President Goodluck Jonathan PHOTO: Philip Ojisua

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, Mr Victor Akande, has urged former President Goodluck Jonathan to take the leadership position in the party to stem crisis rocking the party.

Akande, who is also a lawmaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.

Akande, also legal practitioner, said,”It is a pity my party, PDP has not got its house together and it has not really harmonised all problems in order to forge ahead.

“Things have fallen apart, the centre cannot hold.

“There is only one solution to our problems and the solution is that, former president Goodluck Jonathan should come out of his cocoon and put the party aright.

“If Jonathan has come forth to lead the party in the right perspective, and take over the mantle of leadership, our story would have been different by now,’’ he said.

According to him, by the virtue of PDP constitution, the former president is supposed to be the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees which is the highest decision-making body of the party.

Akande, who is also the Chairman, House Committee of Central Business District, said that every member was clamouring for power in the party because there was no one to lead the party.

“Anywhere there is no leadership, anarchy and struggle for leadership, as it is bedeviling the party, will be the situation.

“I challenge President Jonathan to come forward and give the direction. Everybody will fall in line.

“Having risen to the peak on the platform of the party, he has the responsibility to nurture the party and prevent it from dying.

“There are some cabals who are hell bent on killing the party, only Jonathan can make the party survive.

“If we don’t want people to decamp again from the party, there must be somebody to give a sense of direction. A commander cannot sit back and be commanding.

“Someone who has benefitted from the party cannot allow that party to die. He must come forward, I am challenging him.”

Akande, who said that the crises in the party were not unexpected, however, said that ‘’PDP is learning through the rope.’’

He said that the poor performances of the party in recent elections after defeat in 2015 general election were by-products of lack of leadership.

The lawmaker, however, expressed optimism that the party would come out strong from its present predicaments.

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  • OJAY

    Hon. member of the Lagos State House of Assembly you have spoken well, however, he is more eager to stem the turbulent tide in the fight against corruption wedged against him than come to lead PDP. If you look what is happening today in the war against corruption it is targeted a him; GEJ & his men. See how his men are being gagged. He is keeping a low profile so that they’ll not turn their search light on him.Look at OBJ he is playing a double edged sword. He started by tearing his PDP card to take away the ferocious eyes of APC from him having predicted that that they will win the election. Now that he has seen that they have their flaws which the whole Nigerian are beginning to see, he is now coming out gradually to criticize the PMB administration. Also, GEJ has started laundering his image outside the shores of this country and he is gradually getting attention to know that this war on corruption is just a witch hunt. I guess it is too early for him to come out and lead the PDP predicting what is happening to his lieutenants. When he finds the ground firm enough to come out and salvage your party he will come out. Please keep fighting in whatever way you all can’t to sustain the party. There will soon be light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Okpomo

    Please allow the gentle giant to enjoy his peace. I am sure he will act when he deems fit.