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Fresh Crisis In PDP Over Reform Conference

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


A fresh wave of crisis has hit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over calls for reform in the party, which is still reeling from its loss at the general elections.

The new controversy was engendered by the resistance put up by members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC)  against plans to reform the party as spearheaded by stakeholders in its fold.

Some founding members of the party, led by Jerry Gana, had put together a Reform Conference Committee to look into the problems, challenges and prospects of the party and reposition it,  fashion a way out of the present predicaments of the party which was in power at the federal level for 16 straight years.

October 23, 2015 had been picked for the conference after consultation with all organs of the party.

However, the NWC set off another round of crisis Wednesday when it announced the indefinite postponement of the conference.

National Secretary of the PDP, Wale Oladipo, in a statement he personally signed, stated the position of the NWC.

However, those behind the conference have dared the NWC, saying the conference would hold as planned.

Aside from Adamu Mu’azu who resigned from office as National Chairman of the party after the electoral loss, the other members of the NWC have tenaciously held on their offices against pressure from party members who want them out.

Proponents of the new initiative were said to be after the emergence of an all-inclusive party and promote the sustenance of internal democracy and party discipline among its members.

Among the brains behind the project in addition to Gana, are ABC Nwosu; Nkoyo Toyo; Raymond Dokpesi; Tunde Adeniran; and John Dara, among others.

In stopping the conference, Oladipo said that the decision to halt the programme was to create room for further consultation and consideration of the report of the PDP Post-Election Assessment Committee, headed by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, which is due for submission this month.

“The national leadership notes and appreciates the eagerness, commitment and dedication of our leaders and members in the rebuilding of the party. We have also noted the need to allow proper consideration of the report of the Senator Ekweremadu-led Post-Election Assessment Committee accordingly, especially as that committee is headed by the highest elected PDP member in the nation.

“In that regard, therefore, the NWC directs that all activities of the said committee on the proposed PDP National Conference be put on hold forthwith.

“The NWC reassures that in the final composition of all the  committees to be inaugurated by the leadership of the party in due course, all critical stakeholders will be consulted and all necessary interests accommodated” Oladipo said.

Dara, a member of the conference planning committee, in his reaction said, “We believe the reform conference will take place because it is not the party’s national secretariat that is driving the conference.

“Such statement postponing the conference is not surprising and does not reflect the wishes of overwhelming majority of party leaders and members.

“Definitely, members of PDP will take the party in their hands and make sure PDP is brought back to winning ways with the people of Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking in the same vein, Dokpesi decried the position of the party leaders saying the decision of the NWC members is not in tandem with the reality within the party.

“The PDP NWC position is very hasty and highly unwarranted and provocative. I think that all parties should meet after Sallah and fine tune the details of the conference,” he said.