National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday declared that no single person can decide what happens in the party.
The party national chairman who stated this when he met with former PDP ministers in Abuja, also said that All Progressives Congress (APC) has become a lame dock as declared by the statement of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
This comes as the post-convention national reconciliation committee, led by the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, met with all aggrieved aspirants that participated in the December 9, gathering of the party. Dickson’s Committee met with the aspirants at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
Earlier, Secondus while meeting with the former ministers in the party’s annex national headquarters in Abuja, assured that the party under his watch will be inclusive.
He added that the party will abide by the constitution and will not condone impunity anymore.
He said, “We shall be engaging most of you even at emergency level. As we move, it will be so dynamic in nature.
aWe have opened the party up, no one single person owns this party. No one single individual can direct, it must be collective leadership. That is what is going to give us victory,” he said.
On the APC he said, “The NWC is also putting all the necessary strategies together, and we assure that come 2019, that Nigerians will vote for PDP. APC has failed woefully.
“Our nation is in a situation where PDP must save this nation from total collapse, the government of APC has become lame duck after the former President Obasanjo has released a political tsunami and verdict on the government.”
He said the party shall soon roll out programmes for aggressive membership drive, adding that the party will go back to online membership drive.
Chairman of Former Ministers Forum, Kabiru Turaki (SAN), who lampooned the APC said, “We said it that there are only two political parties, PDP and the rest. Even the ones that people thought were political parties, people have realised that they are mere association and clubs that have come together, wrecking havoc on our democracy. Nigerians are seeing them for what they are.
“I want to call on you to open your doors very wide, because all those that are real politicians, all those that are democrats will come back home and we are ready for them.
“As you begin your crusade of saving democracy in Nigeria, crusade of saving Nigeria from hunger, from poverty, from insecurity, from hopelessness and joblessness, it should be at the back of your mind that the colossal knowledge, experience and technical know how at the disposal of the former ministers is there for you to tap.
“Whenever people criticise PDP, they are not criticising PDP for what it has done or has not done for the party, they are criticising PDP for what it has done in government.
“So the best set of people that are positioned to respond to those kind of criticisms would be those who have served in government. These are people that have knowledge of what was done and what has not been done.
“And these are the people who are aware of why those decisions some of which have been very painful had to be taken in the overall interest of Nigeria. So we are there to take up issues, to respond to issues, to talk to the issues so that the proper narratives would be brought before Nigerians.”
He assured Secondus of the forum’s maximum support to the party, adding “We have heard of your agenda of taking the party back to the people. I want to assure you on behalf of the former ministers that when you move into the trenches, you will meet us there waiting for you.”
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