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Okupe Describes PDP Governors As Failure, Says Party Heading For Extinction


Dr Doyin Okupe, a former spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has raised a fresh alarm over the current state of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the party is on its final journey to extinction.
The party chieftain however appealed to like-minded members of the party to come together to save what is left of it and keep it from dying. Okupe also accused governors on the platform of the party of destroying the party, calling them a failure in a lengthy message he posted on Facebook in reaction to a recent decision by the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT). The BoT recently passed a vote of confidence on the party’s committee led by Ahmed Makarfi and its ability to organise a national convention.
Okupe noted that the the BoT was supposed to be a body that would do everything to unify the party’s factions and make it formidable again.
Read his message: Once again the leadership of the PDP as represented by the highly esteemed members of the BoT have manifested an inexplicable and tragic error of judgement in handling the current crisis in the party. This sad commentary from the B0T is a florid sign of the total absence of real politicians in our political framework. Politicians with deftness, sagacity, skillful capabilities have become rare in our parties and political institutions. What we now have is a demoralising relic of the fake creations of the military and impostors who have cornered the political arena in the last two decades. Politicians who cannot talk with each other or to the electorate. Politicians who do not negotiate or mediate. Politicians who must win and be on the winning side always. Politicians who will talk from both sides of their mouths and whose positions changes as frequently as the availability of financial sponsors for different reasons and rationale. Politicians who do not stand for anything. The BOT is the conscience of the party and the ultimate mediator in all internal squabbles. Now the same BOT publicly takes a stand with one side in a crisis clearly bereft of any simple solution. After two unsuccessful conventions, with members of the BOT fully participating in all and even as major contender for political offices, the bot chairman gleefully announces plans and venue of another convention without paying due attention to the insurmountable problems which caused the previous two to fail.
The next two gubernatorial elections in ondo and edo, are few weeks away, and we have two candidates in each state, yet our leaders are comfortable taking sides. The more I look at this the more I am convinced that the boat being paddled by these our leaders is heading for the rocks. No wonder Chief Dokpesi and Bode George are singing to high heavens that The current National chairman, Senator Sheriff is the best thing that ever happened to PDP. I appeal to all ordinary men and women and people, like me who have devoted the last 16/17odd years to nurturing the PDP in various capacities and states to come together quickly, take our destinies in our hands and decide what we shall do with PDP. Our governors have failed us, our institutional leaders have failed us, our structures can no longer sustain us, but the Almighty God who was with this party at the beginning, before greed, arrogance, complacency, and political folly and carelessness derailed us, is still alive to lift us out of this self created political dungeon.
Let all men who fear God, and of good will link up and team together for this salvage mission. Our people and followers deserve it and our nascent democracy needs it. Our nation will prosper once again with this political platform.

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