Akin Akande, Abuja
Last week’s removal of some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC), couldn’t have come at a better time as it has been described as an act of God and a divine intervention to save the party.
According to Chyna Iwuanyanwu, a founding member of the party, who contested for the office of the National Chairman in 2008 and National Publicity Secretary in 2012, the convention, where the sacked NWC emerged was full of irregularities alleging that delegates were not allowed to vote for candidates of their choice.
Iwuanyanwu, who said he is ready to again contest for the office of the National Publicity Secretary during the July 20, 2013 special National convention, as approved by the party National Executive Committee (NEC) last Thursday, urged the leaders of the party to get it right this time, noting that the consequences of not getting it right will be very bad as 2015 is getting close.
He said that the decision to sack the NWC members and getting it right during the special convention on July 20 would heal the wounds of 2012 national convention by allowing delegates to choose their leaders through a transparent, open and democratic process.
While fielding questions from journalists, Iwuanyanwu argued that the position of the National Publicity Secretary was zoned to South-east and not a particular state in the region, adding that any person from the zone noting whoever desires the position can go for it.
He said: “Now that we have witnessed the inevitable consequence of impunity and conspiracy against the will of the people, the proposed convention will hopefully facilitate the emergence of leaders, who are totally accountable to the party rather than owing allegiance to the remote control of some god fathers and pharaohs with hidden agenda.”
He noted that since the 2012 national convention of the party, all has not been well within the family.
“Things have fallen apart and the party has gone through an unprecedented period of trials and tribulations, conflicts and crises: characterised by disharmony, disloyalty, gross indiscipline, outright rebellion, turbulence, bitterness, rancor and acrimony and the manifestation of strange pedigrees totally unknown and strange to our great party.
It is imperative that something drastic has to be done to save our party from the drift and ominous cloud that have gathered in the horizon.
“What we need for our great party as a National Publicity Secretary is a genuine patriot and professional with the necessary democratic credentials, credibility, passion, integrity to design public communication strategies in response to the unfolding complex political environment in Nigeria,” he said.
He, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the uncommon courage and exemplary patriotism “in taking the necessary but painful step to transform our great party and restore the dignity of the party as a platform for promoting the ideals of democracy and good governance.”