The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is enmeshed in another crisis following the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to stop the PDP reform conference.
The PDP national secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo in a statement today said that the NWC had stopped the conference committee from going on with its assignment; a decision that did not go down well with the committee members and the Board of Trustees (BoT).
According to Oladipo, the PDP post-election assessment committee headed by the Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu, must submit the report of its findings before the conference. The committees’ timeframe has since elapsed.
The reform conference which was supposed to be held last Tuesday, at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, could not, as the NWC allegedly raised dust on it, only to later say it has been put on hold to create room for further consultations and exhaustive consideration by critical stakeholders.
“The NWC directs that all activities of the committee on the proposed PDP national conference be put on hold forthwith,” Oladipo said in the statement.
But a member of the committee John Dara, said the PDP Governors Forum (PDPGF) and the Board of Trustees (BOT) are keen to hold the reform conference, insisting that it must hold.
He said the only group that has shown “hostility” and “lukewarmness” to the conference is the National Working Committee, adding that it is not the party’s national secretariat that is driving the conference.
He said the statement postponing the conference does not reflect the wishes of overwhelming majority of party leaders and members, stressing that sovereignty of the people in any organisation supersedes the interest of a handful of elected people.
“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. So, we will make sure that the wishes of the overwhelming majority in the party come to pass,” he said.
Similarly, Raymond Dokpesi, the committee’s chairman on mobilisation, publicity and media relations said the PDP NWC position is very hasty, highly unwarranted and provocative.
“The blackmailers will go out with the propaganda that the NWC has something to hide. The party does not need this antagonism now. It is not in the interest of the party,” he said.
The reform conference committee are to re-ignite the noble ideals and good image of the PDP, restore the party’s core values and directive principles,re-mobilise nationwide support for the PDP and re-organise the party to ensure effective transfer of power to the people.
Others are to revive and ensure the practice of genuine internal democracy within the party, zero tolerance for corruption, promotion of transparency in governance and fresh ideas on people-oriented programmes.