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John Alechenu, Abuja
A former National Secretary of the People Democratic Party, Chief Rex Onyeabor, has said the party is slowly but surely becoming irredeemable.
He explained that the party’s slide to its current state was fast-tracked by the forced exit of its founding fathers that provided leadership and served as its conscience.
He said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, on Sunday.
He described the party’s acting National Chairman, Ali Modu Sherriff, as a child of necessity, noting that his emergence was due to the fact that the calibre of people needed to perform the task were unavailable.
Onyeabor said, “There are discordant voices from within the party that the man (Ali Modu Sherriff) must not be allowed to continue and there are people who are saying that the man must continue.
“In politics, it is not easy to get that kind of consensus in a democratic setting. I don’t see a majority voice within the PDP that can take us to the Promise Land.”
The ex-scribe also said, “Ciroma became incapacitated after his accident; Ekwueme is old and does not have the energy to do a kind of tour of the nation we did in those days when we visited every local government.
“They are too old for that kind of movement. Solomon Lar is dead and Jerry Gana, as eloquent as he is, does not have much to talk about these days and so, he is not talking much.
“I don’t see any reform and I have not seen any reform. If it is reformed, it will be nice to have some reform, but I don’t see any at the moment.”
Reacting to these comments, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Abdullahi Jalo said it was part of the democratic culture for party members to express their personal opinions.
He however said the party’s challenges were not beyond redemption.
Jalo said, “We have started the process of reforms. We took a conscious decision to advise all those facing criminal charges at the EFCC to excuse themselves from running for any of our offices in the forth-coming convention. What does that tell you?
“Today, most of the corrupt people are prominent members of the APC. Nigerians are watching.”
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