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We Don’t Want To Repeat Past Mistakes – PDP

Posted: Sep 18, 2015 at 12:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

• Metuh Explains Why Conference Was Postponed

By Rotimi Akinwunmi


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday admitted its errors in managing the affairs of the party while in power, which led to its failure at the last general elections, saying it does not want to repeat the mistakes of the past.

The party also acknowledged that the planned National Conference, which has been causing dispute between members of the National Working Committee and stakeholders, was essential to its survival, saying it must hold.

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the party, gave the hint while clarifying the position of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) on the controversy generated by its decision to suspend the conference initially slated for October 23.

Stakeholders of the party, who were the brains behind the conference, had reacted furiously on Wednesday when the NWC announced the postponement through a statement by the party’s National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo.

Metuh in a chat with newsmen yesterday said the position of the party’s NWC on the conference was misinterpreted, saying the NWC was fully in support of it because it would help to forge a new future for the party.

He noted that the conference was essential because the party had fumbled in the past, leading to its losing power at the centre, a situation it must correct if the party must move forward.

He, however, clarified that the decision to postpone the conference was to give more room to other stakeholders of the party to be part of the organisation, as all must be given opportunity to have representatives at the conference.

“We want the national conference and it must hold, because we need to know what to do to rebuild the party.

“If the party had done well, we wouldn’t have lost election and we need this conference to fashion out ways to rebuild it.

“A lot of corrections need to be made due to many mistakes of the past, and its only party members that will contribute to ensure that that happens, so we need that conference.

“So we are confirming that the conference must hold. But we are in need of all the organs, critical stakeholders of the party to participate and make input.

“We felt that  if we are going to do it, all interests should be accommodated in terms of the leadership of the National Assembly; we would take interest of the Governors’ Forum; we would take nominees from state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria; we would take nominees of youth leaders and all the youth fora because we want the party to go back to the youths now, because we want the youths to be involved in whatever we are doing,” he said.

On the clash of interest that emanated as a result of the decision to postpone the conference, the party spokesman said it was because the planners of the conference got the NWC wrong on its intention.

According to him, the NWC fully supports the programme but wanted it postponed until the report of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Post Election Committee is submitted, reviewed and inputs made by all necessary organs of the party.

“On Wednesday, the NWC received a letter from Prof. Jerry Gana on the behalf of the BOT for a proposed conference. The NWC, however, noted that the proposal had members of the committee and everything. So the NWC now wrote back to the Board of Trustees, to Prof. Jerry Gana, I think that the NWC had received it, will have to study it and communicate in due course.

“However, there was a communication gap. Prof. Jerry Gana proceeded before he got the letter of the NWC.

“Despite that, immediately the advertisement was aired, the NWC was bombarded with lots of complaints, saying that why would we spread the membership of the committee to include some of those who have left the party, including a lot of people whom they felt should have been involved and not those who walked out on this party.

“So the NWC felt that the delay was necessary, especially when the highest elected member of the party, the person of the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, had been given an assignment that he is yet to turn in.

“So without waiting for that report, and without considering the input of that report, it means that we have discarded and foreclosed the issue of the Ekweremadu Committee. And that would be a huge insult on the office of the Deputy Senate President on the part of the NWC, more so, when members of the Governors Forum are there, BoT members and other high calibre individuals are also there.

“We felt that the conference would still hold but we should put a stop to it. One, we will receive the Ekweremadu committee report next week; we will send copies of the report to the Governors Forum; we will send copies to the BOT, National Caucus, and to the zones; there will be input.