A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godsday Orubebe, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is gradually heading towards its grave.
According to the former minister, the PDP “is still lost in depression and suffering from a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” adding that the platform had crossed the bridge “from pride to shame.”
Orubebe noted that imposition, impunity, arrogance and greed were responsible for the party’s electoral defeat in 2015, stressing that the crisis rocking the platform was compounded by the mishandling of its last national convention.
The party stalwart, who caused a stir during the collation of the 2015 presidential election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, said the PDP would need vigour, courage and sustainable ideas to bounce back to reckoning.
In an open letter to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the former minister said the party must accept that it made mistakes while in power for 16 years.
He said, “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.”
The former minister said unless the grandstanding and imposition gave way to a healthy competition, the party would not avert a looming doom.
He said the party should be liberated from the jaws of its exclusive founders, who have held it hostage.
Orubebe said: “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 to 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,” he said.