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South-East PDP Leaders Identify Cause Of 2015 Failure

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 1:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu  –  Enugu


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the South-East zone have blamed the failure of their party in the 2015 general elections, especially the loss of the presidential election, on corruption and indiscipline within their ranks.

They made this submission in Enugu on Wednesday before members of the PDP Election Review Committee for the South-East, led by former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Addressing members of the Committee, a PDP leader from Abia State, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, particularly blamed corruption in the National leadership of PDP for the party defeat in the last general elections.

Chief Onyema Ugochukwu

Chief Onyema Ugochukwu

“We do not follow the constitution. The concept of the president as the national leader in our party from where we derived governor as leaders in the State is alien to our constitution; it is the major cause of indiscipline in our party.

“We have to call our governors throughout the country to order. The usual reason we give is that they fund the party.

“If we want to stop governors as leaders, we’ll think out how to fund the party.

“We should be more creative on how to raise money for our party so that nobody will hold the party to ransom.”

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who spoke in a similar vein, disclosed that the party also contended with the issue of PDP members that lost at the primaries and who decided to rock the boat of their party by jumping out at the middle of the ocean in such a way to scatter the votes of the party.

Ikpeazu said some of the aggrieved PDP members came out openly to work against the party and because there were enemies from within, they were unable to remove them completely from their midst.

“They attended our rallies. They attended out strategy meetings. They attended our meetings even when we were planning for elections and used it as a tool against us on Election Day,” he said.

Ikpeazu stressed the need to enforce party discipline at all levels, adding that the 2015 election experience was a clarion call to uphold party supremacy.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who was represented by his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, told the committee that the members of the party in the State were of the view that there were areas where the party did not do well.

Umahi noted that Ebonyi State was one of the states that passed through peculiar turbulence which no other state passed through, stressing that it was only in the State that the instruments of the party were used against the party in the election.

Earlier, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, welcomed members of the committee to the State and assured them of his commitment towards repositioning the party for future elections.