Former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is going through crisis because the party failed to prepare for life after power. He also said the PDP is suffering from mistakes of the past.
Okupe who was a guest on Channels Television breakfast programme yesterday said failure on the part of the leaders of the PDP has further deepened the crisis rocking the party.
He said, “The crisis you are seeing today came into play because there was lack of cohesiveness on the part of the leadership and follower-ship and that is why the centre cannot hold and the party is paying seriously for that”.
“What you are seeing now are flurry signs and symptoms of failure of leadership. Before we left government or shortly after we left government, people ought to have come together knowing that we were likely going to suffer what is called electoral defeat syndrome, which has become exaggerated in our present circumstances is responsible for this” he stated. He went further,
“We love our party and we do not want PDP to scatter, even though we lost an election to All Progressives Congress, APC, it was evident that APC will not get its act together and if they do not get their acts together, a third force will emerge and that is the dream of many Nigerians.”
According to him, APC remains a party of strange bed fellows with various interests and cannot be compared to the PDP with a solid background. “The APC, is not an association as such, it’s a conglomeration of various interests.
They still do not have a party. They are not strong on ground, there are many places where they do not exist. PDP is the only party in Nigeria that has a culture, a strong background and a record of performance, yes we have some issues.
There are evidence against our people involved in embarrassing forms of corruption, but that’s what happens in any human organisation” he maintained.
He however said; “The truth of the matter is that what PDP is suffering today is from the collective actions that we have taken in the past. From our failure to obey our own rules. For entrenching impunity as a standard practice in our party; for allowing people to use money to buy offices, to buy candidacy. These are consequences of those actions.”