By Joy Odor
The National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Uche Secondus has again been told to leave the leadership position to other people to do a genuine reconciliation of party members for 2023 general elections, saying he has done enough.
The House of Representatives Member, Rep, Rimamnde Kwewum, representing Donga/Takum/Yangtu Federal Constituencies PDP-Taraba State made the demand in an interview with Nagarta Radio in Abuja on Thursday.
Mr Kwewum in dismay explained that when a party leader leads a party to defeat, the party chairmanship and the party leadership resign to make way for people to do better which have been the standard around the world.
The House Member said some members such as the Gov. of Rivers and some people in the National Assembly, and greater majority of members of the party think that the National Party Chairman has done enough even though his tenure will not elapse until November 2021.
He was of the opinion that it would be good to have somebody that is not part of the crisis to manage the process of reconciliation and the process of reorganising the party to be able to fight effectively during the 2023 general elections.
Mr Kwewum maintained that people may feel offended that such a call is coming but but was of the view that the call should have come even before now.
“But we think it is expedient for him to leave the scene for some other people to try so that we can have time to reorganise the party, do a genuine reconciliation of party members.
“As you know, the party has some challenges in some states where there are cases in court. We have some state congresses that have not been concluded.
“And we think that it will be good to have somebody that is not part of the crisis to manage the process of reconciliation and the process of reorganising the party to be able to fight effectively during the 2023 general elections.
“Some people may feel offended that such a call is coming but I am of the view that this call should have come even before now.
“Normally, when a party leader leads a party to defeat, the party chairmanship and the party leadership resign to make way for people to do. That had been the standard around the world.
“But it’s clearly observable that there are frictions, there are some challenges that it will be better for the party for a new leadership to resolve. Not there that there is any crisis.The party is not in factions as far as I know.
“You know that when PDP had crisis, we had two parallel chairmen, caretaker committee until the court resolved. We don’t have that situation today.
On defection of some members of the party to the APC, Rep Kwewumd said it had to do with the governance of the party.
“In the case of PDP in 2015, the House of Representatives caucus, championed the call for Adamu Muazu, the former Chairman who led us to the disastrous lose of the 2015 elections to leave. And he actually did leave. So Secondus was given the chance to continue, he has continued up to now.
“Some people said we should wait. No, Secondus should sacrifice and leave so that the party can reorganise. If Secondus does not leave the party by the end of September, PDP will not do well in the 2023 election. To allow reconciliation within this year so that by early next year, the party can start the process of rebuilding.
“So there really isn’t any crisis,”Kwewum said.
Rep, Rimamnde Kwewum stressed that the PDP must strive to ensure that it wrestles power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2023 general elections.
According to him, winning the 2023 general elections will require the party to show a level of competition against the government in power.
On insecurity, Rep. Kwewum said “I don’t think there is any part of this country that is not affected by insecurity. I doubt it whether there is any part of the country but it’s very funny because we have had…
“We have different definition of safety. If internationally people are saying we have insecurity to the extent that the international community is pressing up for farming and food challenges in Nigeria and the EU is budgeting large amount of money to send in food aid and then someone is saying Nigeria is safe. I wonder what really the meaning of safety is.
“The kidnappings, banditry. The country is pretty unsafe. There is no part of the country that is safe.
“What this point to is the reality that Nigeria is becoming a failed state.
“Presently, Nigeria fulfills all the requirements of a fragile state and we are moving from fragility into failure.
“A failed state is one where a large section of people we don’t have loyalty to the state. that as round the country, around that territory there are people that don’t think they should bear allegiance to that state.
“The IPOB, Boko Haram. Some of those territories are not in the hands of Government and it very evident that large parts of Niger, Borno, are not in the hands of security forces.
“Large amount of weapons been in the hands of citizens rather than in the hands of people who are authorised to hold them.
“It is a problem that cannot be solved urgently, there is no way you can resolve this problem in a short time.
“You need to have long term strategy, that is not just kinetic, that’s force but also involves the use of soft power, Rep