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PDP Set For Self-Destruction, Mark Warns

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 2:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Seeks Therapy To Stop Bleeding •Urges Party To Face Challenge of Opposition Politics

By Ignatius Okorocha, Abuja

Apparently worried by the current rife in the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following its defeat at the just concluded Presidential poll, Senate President David Mark, on Wednesday in Abuja warned that unless the in-fighting among party bigwigs is stopped forthwith, it may be heading for self destruction.

Senate President, David Mark

Senate President, David Mark

Mark who is disturbed by the continued acrimony between factions in the party, lamented that “the PDP is already hemorrhaging”, pointing out that, “unless we halt the bleeding and find the necessary therapy, we may be heading for the final burial of the party”.

The Mark, who spoke when Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who heads the PDP’s 15-man Post–election assessment committee visited him, further lamented: “The party is already in a comatose status and we should do all we can to resuscitate the party rather than this unnecessary rancor and bulk passing”.

“The emerging factions are absolutely unnecessary. The combatants must sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue.  My appeal is that we should not do anything further that would damage the already fragmented house.

“Everybody should come together and rebuild the party.  We have gotten enough bruises.  We need not inflict further pains on ourselves, with continuous bickering.

“Enough of this blame-game. We should return to the drawing board and need not wash our dirty linen in the public, anymore.

“I believe a useful lesson has been learnt from the PDP electoral misfortune.  As for me, it is time to put on our thinking caps and chart a new course”.

“I trust Senator Ekweremadu that he and his team will do a good job and unearth the remote and immediate causes of our misfortune and make recommendations that will enhance the future of the party”.

Mark further added, “I have worked closely with the Deputy President of the Senate over the years and I know his capability and capacity to handle issues”.

He called on all stakeholders to rise above the present circumstances and work hard to rejuvenate the party, adding that the new status of the party as an opposition is a challenge “we must face with all honesty, sincerity of purpose and dedication to duty”.

Mark believes that Democracy and the nation would be better for it, “if we play credible opposition to ensure good governance and delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians”.

The statement by Mark follows claims and counterclaims by key officials of the party, particularly the state governors elected on the platform of the party who have insisted on the resignation of national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) for the woeful loss at the polls. The All Progressives Congress (APC) now has 22 states in its kitty, leaving the PDP with 13 and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), one.

In a message to the party at the inauguration of the “PDP Post Elections Review Committee” on Tuesday, President Jonathan, had ordered the warring parties, including his aides, members of the NWC and members nationwide to stop the ongoing media war over the elections, in the interest of the PDP.

On the crisis rocking the party since the elections, Mu’azu said the NWC members would abide by the President’s directive for an immediate ceasefire henceforth, and pass it down to all members through its appropriate organs for strict compliance.

The panel would probe the entire funds sunk into the just concluded general elections and other factors that contributed to the woeful performance of the once vibrant party in the elections.

National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, who spoke through the National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, while inaugurating the committee, said it was imperative on the panel to “look at the funding of the elections to determine whether or not the funds meant for the campaigns were adequate and whether disbursements were properly done.”

However, in what may appear a sign that the trouble within the party may not end soon, Mua’azu and three serving governors who are members of the committee: Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-ibom), Theodore Orji (Abia) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe), avoided the ceremony, without offering any reason.

Akpabio has been at the forefront of clamours to remove Mu’azu from office.

However, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh explained to newsmen that the absence of the governors was due to communication gaps, as the governors thought the event would not hold again on Tuesday.

The committee is also to probe the disbursement and application of various sums meant for the re-election bid of President Jonathan in the election, just as those involved would explain to the special panel how they spent the money.

The committee is also: “To trace the origin and process of the seeming decline of the party in its electoral performance; to take a critical look at the preparations and build-up of the PDP to the general elections and determine its adequacies and lapses; to review and determine the adequacy of the structures for the 2015 general elections and how those structures functioned; to identify different groups in the party who were to play critical roles before and during the elections and determine the effectiveness or otherwise; and “to determine any other matter that may be considered necessary and in the interest of the party;  to propose a road map for the party to recover its past glory and definitely win the general elections in 2019.”