Abuja - A group of the Peoples Democracy Party
(PDP) members which called themselves the `Steering Committee’ for "PDP
Restart Project’’ met in Abuja to chart a new course for the party.
The coordinator and committee leader, Mr Nwosu Butches, told
newsmen on Monday after its maiden meeting that there was already a road map to
restructure the party ahead of the 2019 elections.
He said the road map would be presented to all members and
stakeholders of the party on Aug. 18.
Asked if the PDP was dead, Butches said the party "is a
moving vehicle that stalls somewhere’’ but needed to be restated.
According to him, it (PDP) is not dead and the party is
coming back soon.
"What restart PDP Project seeks to do is to re-engineer and
restructure the party, the PDP remains the only national party as at today with
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"The PDP came to power and stayed for 16 years but mostly
unfortunately the party lost the elections and we decided that having lost the
elections, there must be reasons why we lost the elections.
"We have to re-cultivate the value that makes us win
elections in the past so that we may come to power again. To that extent, we
embark on the PDP Restart Project,’’ he said.
On what will stop the spate of defection from the party,
Butches, said that the party’s primaries leading to the 2015 general elections
generated bad blood which must be addressed.
"Definitely, you noticed that bulk of the complaints from
members of our party is the imposition of candidates, lack of internal party democracy.
"This forced a lot of people from the party. We have been
told that the moment the party begins to implement the blue print (in the
Restart Project), they will all return.
"Afterwards, it is not greener on the other side.
"Part of the major problems that face PDP was imposition of
candidates, a popular candidate, whom the people want are removed and replaced
by somebody unknown,’’ he said.
Butches explained that this was largely responsible for the
massive defection of members from the party to other political parties after
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the former governor of
Kaduna, Alhaji Ahmed Makurfi and ex-Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia
Malam, attended the meeting which had members drawn from across the country.