THIS is the right time for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to solve its differences. Everyday, the party is losing politicians elected on its platform to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). As if that is not enough, the party has no voice now, and all that the public is being fed with are stories about the crisis in its fold, instead of offering strong opposition to the APC.
Today, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff are fighting for the control of the party, but with what is going on, I don’t think both leaders have the interest of the party at heart.
If nothing is done to stop what is going on in the party, then it is a matter of time before the party collapses, and this is not good for democracy in the country.
Even, it will be difficult to recruit members into the party now, and this is what the leaders should be concerned about, instead of the in-fighting.
For the PDP to fluorish again, then it needs untainted new members.
What we are hearing everyday as regards corruption in the last 16 years that the party was in power at the centre has not really helped portray the PDP in good light among Nigerians.
The PDP has lost a lot of ground with its loss of the presidency, and it will take a while before it recovers; however, the in-fighting among the leaders is hanging the party’s existence in the balance.
It will be a terrible news if the party folds up as a result of the crisis rocking it.
Even though Nigerians may not like the party again, they will still prefer it to be around to serve as opposition to the ruling party.
Having said this, I want both Makarfi and Sheriff to go now, while a chairman from the South West is appointed to oversee the revival of the party. One good thing about this is that the South West has never produced the chairman of the party since its inception. So all warring stakeholders should allow the South West take over the party for its survival to be guaranteed.
- David Kayode,
Osogbo, Osun State.