The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has received a knock from one of its own, a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana
Professor Gana, at a forum in Abuja says the party is being run in the unhealthiest manner which is detrimental to the sustenance of the party.
The former minister wants key leaders of the party to wade into the current crisis rocking the party or else a worse crisis may hit the PDP.
“The bedrock of our democracy in the PDP is ‘Power to the People’. Let the people choose their leaders in free, fair and credible elections. We hate any manipulation and rigging of elections in any form.
“If the PDP is to be revived and remobilised for electoral victory by the grace of God, we must return to this wonderful principle of ‘power to the people’.
“We received painful reports of the poor and shamelessly undemocratic practices during the recently concluded party congresses in several states.
“After the shocking results of the last general elections in 2015, we had hoped that our leaders would have learned serious lessons to make them resolve never again to impose candidates, never again to practice impunity, never again to rig party elections, never again to take the people for granted.
“Yet we find ourselves, in our very eyes, returning to even worse things within our party,” he said.
Another chieftain of the party, Mr Bwala Inuwa, however disagrees with the former minister, saying he has little to add to the repositioning of the party, going by his recent actions.
“They seem to forget that their generation is no longer relevant to contemporary politics and that is why you did not see any politician of note amongst the gathering.
“That is why you did not see anybody coming from his constituency having gone for the party congresses because they cannot go (as) they don’t have anybody at home.
“Gone are the days of gun flaring politics, these are the days of grassroots mobilisation for support for the PDP,” he said.