•Urges leaders to brace up for challenges ahead
By Lateef Ibrahim
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, admitted on Tuesday that the party is currently at a cross road, pointing out that it (the party) is about to take a critical decision as to which direction to go.
Secondus maintained that the choice that the PDP needs to take should be swift, clear and unambiguous, adding that “we are going right and it leads us straight to Aso Rock.”
The National Chairman said this in an address he delivered at the opening of a-2 day retreat for leaders of the PDP in Abuja.
He made it clear that the new leaders of this party needed to brace up for the huge challenge, saying that the time for individualistic ideology is over.
In moving forward, Secondus said all of them must collectively channel their energy and resources towards achieving the party’s present goal, “as our ability to win in 2019 has implications not just for us as a party but also for the entire country”.
At the retreat, which attracted all State Chairmen of the party , among others, the Chairman said, “The point where we are at the moment is at the cross road, about to take the critical decision of which direction to go right or left.
“Our choice should be swift, clear and unambiguous we are going right and it leads us straight to Aso Rock. Already we have given the ruling APC quit notice and we have no intention of withdrawing it.
“We the new leaders of this party should brace up for the huge challenge, the time for individualistic ideology is over, and moving forward, we all must collectively channel our energy and resources towards achieving the party’s present goal, as our ability to win in 2019 has implications not just for us as a party but also for the entire country.
“It is based on this reason that we are starting on a fresh note. We must be ready to compromise on personal agenda where necessary as well as make sacrifices for the greater good of the party.
“As a party in opposition, we must be ready to forgo certain deserving privileges for the good of the party.
“We must therefore begin to invest in our party with the aim of repackaging and eventually unveiling a reformed PDP to the Nigerian electorate, so as to regain their confidence. We must redefine who we are in the minds of Nigerians, down to the grass-root level.
“We must let the people know that we are ready to reignite the fire that once made Nigeria a shining beacon in Africa and the world over by returning this party to the real owners, the People. It’s not for nothing that our founding fathers chose the slogan- ‘power to the People. These actions are necessary for us to reclaim the territory we have lost across all 3 tiers of government”,
He declared that members of the new national working committee, NWC, of the party will continue to promote the principles of Democratic Practice, Progressive Politics, Good and Effective Leadership, and National Interest within the party.
In his address at the retreat, the governor of Bayelsa State and Chairman of the party’s national reconciliation committee, Hon. Seriake Dickson stated that is imperative for political party administrators to understand that having conflict interests even within a party is a normal phenomenon.
According to Dickson, “In any political system, and even within a political party, you will have conflicting tendencies, and all of them important and legitimate, because just as society is made up of different contending interests, also within a political party itself, it is normal to have tendencies. It is essential that party administrators understand the importance of these dynamics.
It is now the duty of the NWS to build the party bureaucracy with the understanding of these essential dynamics. So when you see conflicting interests, conflicting ambitions, know that it is normal.
“Your duty is to see, working with other colleagues, to resolve these crises through the laid down processes of the party.
“The only thing we insist on is reconciliation which is why we are now reaching out to everybody since the convention. I am working with a chairman who understands what it takes to run a party. I am working with the zonal leaders, with the State chairmen to reach out to those at the State chapters to talk about interests that are in conflict. All of these must be managed in the overall interest of the party,” he said.