We’ll be at PDP’s graveside to bid it farewell – Okupe

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A spokesperson for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, says the choice of a former governor of Borno State, Modu Sheriff, as the acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party is wrong.

Okupe said it was unfortunate that the PDP was in the habit of making grave errors in its choice of leadership.
He said with the emergence of Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP, the opposition party risked total disintegration.
In an article published on his officialFacebook page on Wednesday, he said although Sheriff was his long-standing political associate, the former governor lacked the capability to hold the party together.?
Okupe said, “Some of us have vowed not to leave the party (PDP). We still will not leave the party. We will continue to engage all who care to listen and seek help from everyone ready to revive this severely challenged sickened giant.

“For a morose political party, thanks to the overwhelming and effective propaganda machinery of the party in power, this may yet be the mortal wound that may cause the eventual depletion of its long perplexed following.
“But if it is the divine will of God that our present masters must kill the PDP, then by the grace of God, we shall yet tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell.”

He lamented that making wrong judgments had become a trait of the party.
“The capability of our party, the PDP, and its leadership to make grave errors in judgment is legendary. What is intriguing is that even when the party is out of power, that tendency seems not to reduce.
“Alhaji Sheriff is a long-standing political associate of mine and a very astute politician of, perhaps, a sublime class. But for the post of the national chairman of the PDP, he is a wrong candidate and (he is) also coming in at a wrong time,” he said.

Okupe said with the crisis rocking the PDP, the emergence of Sheriff might deplete the membership base of the opposition party.
The former presidential spokesperson listed impunity, presumptive reasoning, restrictive consultative process as the ‘diseases’ killing the PDP.
Okupe said the PDP leaders who supported the emergence of Sheriff hinged their argument on the fact that, being a wealthy politician, he (Sheriff) would be favourably disposed to fund the activities of the party.
He, however, said other leaders within the party felt that Sheriff would compound the problems of the party and bring ‘a crushing weight of burden capable of fatally destroying the few strands of moral fibres in the party’.


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