Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, admitted that allowing former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the time he did, contributed to the party’s poor showing in the last general elections.
Speaking on Channels Television’s political programme, Politics Today, on Tuesday, Uduaghan said that PDP disintegrated due to the deliberate action of some of its leaders and allowing Obasanjo to leave.
Obasanjo, it would be recalled, publicly tore his PDP card few weeks to the elections, saying he would no longer have anything to do with the party.
Uduahgan maintained that some people within the party hierarchy thought that the Governors’ Forum was becoming too powerful and the then Chairman of the party did not help matters as he was acting like a “CEO” writing queries to Governors.
The governor agreed that the party was affected by the crisis that rocked the Forum, saying that it caused the PDP 2015 election losses.
He stressed: “The party did not recover from the loss of those five governors.”
He also attributed some of the crises that led to the party’s poor showing to lack of fairness during the primaries.
Uduaghan added that lack of internal democracy, which denied members of the party their rights to vie for elective positions led to the emergence of unpopular candidates at different levels across the country.
Uduaghan, who was also unhappy that he could not secure the PDP’s senatorial ticket, however, stressed that because he did not believe in defecting to another party, hence he remained in PDP.