PDP crisis escalates, party on the brink of collapse

By Amako Nneji August 27, 2015 16:01

PDP crisis escalates, party on the brink of collapse

Since former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was defeated at the March 28 presidential polls, Post Nigeria has learnt that things have continued to disintegrate within the ranks of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

From the forceful resignation of the former Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu on allegations of secretly working against Jonathan’s re-election bid, to the accusation of the Former Director General of PDP’s Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode of misappropriation of campaign funds, and the mass defection rocking the party, the PDP has been staggering to get its footing.

Confirming this assertion, the PDP’s Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus on Wednesday during the inauguration of a committee to conduct a nationwide biometric registration of all members of the party chaired by Daar Communications Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi, affirmed the party needed re-branding in order to achieve a remarkable feat.

“Gone are the days that the PDP belonged to the high and the mighty, the party now belongs to the common people,” Secondus confessed.

The PDP boat is heading for the rocks as it seems the party has no substantive team leader at the helm of affairs.

In the S/West, the Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose and his Ondo State Counterpart, Olusegun Mimiko appear to no longer be on the same page following the controversial election of the latter as the Chairman of PDP’s Governors Forum.

It was alleged that the choice of Mimiko did not follow due process on grounds that the Ondo Governor defected to the PDP only last year.

Mimiko was picked as forum Chairman on June 17, 2015 in Abuja, where only 6 out of 13 party Governors and 2 Deputies were present.

With the alleged zoning of the PDP’s National Chairman Position to the N/East, Fayose fumed that the S/West must produce the Chairman.

    “The S/West and the S/South have had their turns and of course the next presidential candidate of the party would be from the North.

    “So I believe it is the turn of the S/West to have the National Chairman. We have to allow the north in the party to begin to search for a credible presidential candidate for the party.”

In the S/East, there seems to be no end in sight to the crisis rocking the Anambra State PDP over the leadership battle between two Princes—Ken Emeakayi and Osy Ezenwa, who are factional chairmen. Many believe the crisis may weaken the party.

Amid this, many stakeholders are planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Allegations of embezzlement, anti-party activities and insensitivity against some stakeholders have polarised the fold.

Some members are even in court against the party with litigation worsening the crisis.

Recently, the PDP national leadership sent officers to Anambra to conduct ward, local government and state congresses to reposition the party ahead of the 2017 governorship elections.

In the S/South, the Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole continues to decimate the PDP ranks in the zone constantly barking and attacking Jonathan, the Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and the Former Minister of Niger Delta Goday Orubebe over corruption and embezzlement of funds.

The S/South are now under the “political mercy’’ of the APC as the Department of the State Security Service, DSS, has allegedly been detailed to snatch Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom from the opposition.

It is now survival of the fittest, as Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike is committed to witch-hunting his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi who was accused of pilfering billions of Naira from the State treasury.

An analyst said: “Wike is bent in cutting his pound of flesh.”

In response, the PDP governor’s forum stated that the alleged involvement of the DSS in election tribunal matters was an attempt to stifle opposition.

    “The forum condemns in very strong terms the alleged worrisome meddlesomeness of the Department of State Service in election tribunal’s matters, especially in Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia states.

    “It is against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition; more so with the existence of the Electoral Act and the Constitution,” Mimiko said.

In Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, is almost getting to his wit’s end as the APC are pulling from all sides to ensure that its governorship candidate comes out victorious in the December 5, 2015 governorship election.

Barely 3 months to the date, no fewer than 70 heavyweights and over 500 followers dumped the PDP, for the new bride in the state – the APC.

In the N/Central, Kogi could fall into the hands of the APC as Audu Abubakar may return to clinch the number one position in the State in November’s election with the current Governor, Idris Wada having no political weight to give him (Audu) a run for his money.

From under his (Wada) nose, Buhari of the APC polled 264,851 of the total votes cast – 439,287 in the March 28 Presidential election defeating Jonathan of the PDP who had 149,987 votes.

For the PDP, Kogi State may be a foregone conclusion.

With this entire crisis rearing its ugly head, the PDP has no rally point, no one to bark out orders as everyone is a master of himself as the APC uses all the state apparatus in its disposal to pull from all ends.

The PDP which had earlier promise to provide robust opposition would need to make far reaching consultation, to avoid its own extinction.