I want to join the clarion call of respectable Nigerians, calling for the resignation of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu, and its entire National Working Committee, following its dismal performance at the last National and State elections, on the 28th of March 2015 and 11th of April 2015 respectively. This resignation should go down the entire party structures from the states, local governments and the wards.
In a saner clime, this call would have been unnecessary, because they are usually the concomitant effect of lost elections. But it is only in Nigeria, that a failed teacher would still want to teach his pupils, despite poor outings in examinations. I want to specially give kudos to Ed Milliband, the Leader of Labour Party, the main opposition party in the United Kingdom election, who anchored his resignation on the need for the party to be rebuilt, rejuvenated and rehabilitated, after the party suffered its worst election defeat in 30 years. It is also interesting to note that the Leader of Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom, also resigned, following its dismal performance in the country’s election.
The fortune of the PDP now is at its lowest ebb. The party has lost the battle, but has equally, also won the war, to ensure the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians and to confound some leaders, who had believed that the Nigerian election would be a do-or-die battle and that Nigeria, if not dis-membered as a nation, would follow the suit of Côte d’Ivoire.
There is therefore the need to properly prepare the PDP, for its self-inflicted role of an opposition party and this can only be achieved, if the PDP is properly rejigged, re-organized, rejuvenated and rebuilt, otherwise, it would be a very heavy moral burden on the entire party leadership to still hold on unjustifiably, to power, as if nothing has happened.
*Hon. Kehinde, Member, House of Representatives, National Assembly Abuja, representing Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency of Osun State, (1999-2003), is Principal Partner Femi Kehinde & Co (Solicitors)
84, Iwo Road, Ibadan.