Rescuing PDP from the brink, by Felix Ofou

0
70

It is fortuitous that the Peoples Democratic Party has given the indication that a new national chairman will emerge by September, 2015 when the party holds a special convention for that purpose.
It is a sure sign that the PDP is ready to reinvent itself after a woeful loss in the recent general elections. The party has similarly indicated it’s determination to snatch power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, which came to power May 29, 2015.
Ordinarily, the announcement of the impending new national chairman for the PDP should elicit wide applause from the polity and ex‎pectations from party faithful across the country of a possible titanic challenge to the APC in the 2019 general elections.
The founding fathers of the PDP should also be elated by the good news coming from the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
Earlier, the party had constituted a fact finding committee headed by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on why the PDP lost in the last elections.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is on record as the first incumbent to have lost and conceded defeat in the country constituted the panel. This was after an unbroken 16 years rule by the PDP.
Why did President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC, defeat Jonathan and the PDP? How can the party return to power in 2019. How should the PDP function as an opposition party. What are the lessons to be learnt, if any from the loss, and what remedies could be prescribed to mitigate the impact of the defeat? These are some of the questions the Ekweremadu committee was ‎meant to find answers to.
From the announcement of next month’s national convention it would seem as though the work of the Deputy President of the …Read More

Source:: New Mail