PDP Parallel Conventions: Group Threatens To Mobilise Youths To Take Over
The Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF) has expressed disappointment over the conduct of the party leadership and their inability to factor in every groups and interest group before the national convention in Port-Harcourt.
In a statement on Saturday by its National Coordinator, Comrade Usman Okai, the group described what happened in Port-Harcourt as a show of shame and display of selfishness of the highest order by leaders of the party, led by the PDP governors.
The 32-year-old Kogi-born politician, Okai accused the PDP governors of manipulating the party’s zoning arrangement, while ignoring all voices of reason.
The statement read: “It is unfortunate that the party that has suffered the highest defeat ever refuses to learn from its past mistakes. Rather, the PDP is beclouded with personal agenda against the party’s interests. It is obvious that the elders are not in any way living by example and we the youths may have no option than to mobilize youths across the federation and diaspora to take over the running of the party.”
Okai maintained that none of the factions of party was carrying youths in the party along even though the youths constitute well over 70 per cent of the membership of PDP.
Okai blamed the PDP governors for forcing Sheriff on the party in the first place, noting that the party’s leaders, chiefly the governors were warned but insisted on Sheriff for selfish reasons.
“We were told that Ali Modu Sheriff is coming to destroy the PDP and that is exactly what is happening. We will also not absolve Professor Jerry Gana and his team from the blame because they also contributed to the ongoing fracas. They created the vacuum in the party that led to the emergence of Sheriff. They are all failures.
“On behalf of the over 7 million youth members of the PDP across Nigeria, we are using this medium to issue a stern warning and put the various elders and leadership(s) of the party on notice. If this reign of impunity, corruption, disorderliness and mediocrity continues in PDP, we will have no choice but to takeover the party and drive it in the right direction. You can fool the people sometimes, but you can’t fool them all the time.”