A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and onetime senatorial aspirant in Bayelsa State, Dr Ayakeme Whisky, has said that the party ‘defeated itself’ at the recently concluded general elections.
Dr. Whisky stated this yesterday during a chat with Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, noting that lack of internal democracy such as imposition of candidates amongst others were responsible for the heavy defeat the party suffered at the polls.
The party stalwart who is also Chairman, Steering Committee, PDP Renaissance Movement, a group which he said was formed “to push for the rebuilding and reorganisation of PDP,’’ posited that, ‘‘when a man does a particular thing for as long as 16 years, it becomes monotonous, and particularly when he knows that the effects of that monotony does not provide overall satisfaction, it calls for change in approach.’’
In this vein, he said the movement will maintain its call for the total resignation of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, recalling that the group’s recent procession at PDP National Secretariat was a reflection of ‘‘the interest of the silent majority of PDP members.’’
He vowed to keep pressing for total overhaul of the party through the injection of men of integrity and new ideas with a view to placing the party on a sound footing, especially now that it is in the opposition.
Dr. Whisky, however, commended former Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu for resigning from office, saying the NWC members must also follow suit as a mark of respect for demands of the faithful.