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Okupe backs Buhari over PDP crisis

17 August 2016, 19:59

Lagos - Former aide of ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe has absolved the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhhamdu Buhari of any blame in the failed convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday, shortly after the PDP announced the postponement of its national convention, Okupe said the internal conflicts within the party were responsible for its current woes.

He also blamed power-grabbers and naivety of majority of the party’s followers for the implosion that the party has suffered.

“The failed PDP convention cannot and should not be blamed on our political adversaries. Rather the blame should rest squarely on the failure of internal conflict resolution machinery of the PDP, the surprising naivety and desperation of many to seize power and control the party, and the gullibility of majority of the followership, who have become entrenched in the cesspool of pervasive impunity of our leadership over the years.

“However it is commendable that the NEC threw sentiments aside and extended the tenure of the controversial caretaker commuter by one year and allowed for future expansion of the membership of the committee.

Also read: PDP shifts national convention to November

“The import of this is that the party has now officially jetissoned the “Microwave”strategy, hitherto, employed by the leadership, and allowed for ample time to address all issues. By allowing for new inclusions into the members of the caretaker committee, the leadership obviously has made room for possible reasonable negotiation with the Senator Amodu Sheriff ‘s group, which is inevitable and a political imperative, if the party must remain United.”

Okupe then called on the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee and the factional chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff to bury the hatchet once and for all, so that the party can move forward.

“Again, this is neither the time for victory songs nor a season for political vendetta. This is time for seeking lasting and honest peace, time to rebuild from current ashes of flames of the inferno, of political opportunism, greed, selfishness and blatant brigandry and impunity.

“There may just be another chance to do it again especially now that our adversaries are burning their political access card,” he said.

- News 24


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