Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom State have called for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu.
The PDP said that having lost at the centre for the first time in 16 years of uninterrupted rule, the party structure needed to be re-examined.
Speaking to journalists in Uyo on Tuesday, the initiator of “Udom is right” campaign group of the governor-elect, Mr. Titus John, said that even though the party had failed, the structure should not crumble.
He said that all outgoing governors were busy trying to tidy up to leave government without paying attention to the party, adding, however, that President Goodluck Jonathan, as national leader of the party, should convene a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party, to critically assess and take major decisions over the party’s misfortune.
He opined that as the incoming President was from the North, naturally, the strength of the North would be for him, and so the national chairman of the party should go where the strength of the party still lies; the South-South.
“Naturally, we have lost out in the national level, and by that the party has lost. In the last 16 years, this is the first time we are losing the Presidency. And what does this mean for the party? For post-election analysis, we are doing a self-re-examination. Yes, we have failed, but must we crumble? No, we must not crumble.
He said that Jonathan as the party leader should make arrangement with the NEC of the party to hold a congress where Mu’azu should step down and an interim chairman appointed, while the next national chairman of the party should come from the South-South.
He, therefore, advised the national chairman of the party to resign so that the South-South being controlled by the PDP should be allowed to handle the office and reconstruct the party from its present condition, adding that Akwa Ibom State has since the party’s inception delivered 99 per cent of representation at the National Assembly.
He said: “In the congress, Dr. Mu’azu should step aside, an interim national chairman should be appointed, and the next national chairman of the party should come from the south-south. If you check the South-South, from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, the interest of the Ijaw ethnic group was captured within the premise of the office of the President. The two states now in contention in the South-South, which for so long, has captured the interest of the party is Cross River and Akwa Ibom.
Source: Daily Independent