The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as a party that has gone from pride to shame and currently “gradually receding into the abyss of political reality.”
This was the position of a chieftain of the party and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, in an open letter to the national chairman of the opposition party, Uche Secondus.
The former minister who noted that the PDP is still lost in “depression and suffering from a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” added that that imposition, impunity, arrogance and greed were responsible for the party’s electoral defeat in 2015.
The only way PDP can possibly be revived again according Orubebe is for the party to admit that it made mistakes while in power for 16 years.
“We have gone from a party of pride to a party of shame and gradually receding into the abyss of political reality. For the simple reason that the nation is witnessing calls for the rise of a ‘third force,’ we are fast becoming a shadow of ourselves.
“One of the biggest challenges that the PDP faces is balancing its needs for funding with established egalitarian values and internal systems. If the party continues to be held hostage by few major donors, it will continue to find it difficult to instill the values that will endear us Nigerians.
“We must take our appeal to Nigerians and through our reforms, let the party truly become a people-funded party. Small donations from millions of Nigerians will go a long way in the party’s financial requirements and will create the necessary atmosphere for true ownership among members of the party.”
Orubebe was the PDP politician who apparently embarrassed Nigerians, by publicly accusing then Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, of bias and interrupted the collation of the 2015 presidential election results in Abuja.
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