Why Jonathan, PDP Lost 2015 Poll – Gulak …Says Rebranding The Party A Waste Of Time
Revelations continue to emerge concerning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s failure to win the last presidential election. Former political adviser to former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Barrister Ahmed Gulak yesterday revealed that lack of internal democracy and impunity within the party led to the loss.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on vacancy in the position of the National Chairman of PDP, Gulak lamented that the current rebranding efforts by ýthe leadership of the party ahead of the 2019 elections may be futile if its National Working Committee (NWC) was not properly constituted.
Gulak, who also said that the Northeast zone which is supposed to produce the National Chairman of the party following the resignation of Adamu Muazu as the party chairman on May 29, 2015 has been marginalised by the Chief Uche Secondus-led leadership of the party, stressed that PDP may not make any impact in the next general elections if the right things were not done in time.
He said that despite the constitutional provision of the party which zones the position of National Chairman to the Northeast, the acting chairman of the party has deliberately kept the post vacant six months after the exit of Muazu.
Gulak alleged that Secondus and his committee members were working to extend their ýstay to next year against the party’s constitution, warning that such impunity which led to the colossal loss that the party experienced in the last election still reigns in the party.
He said: “You are aware that on the 29th of May, 2015 the former chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu resigned his position as the party chairman and a vacancy was created by his resignation. By the constitution of the party, somebody from Northeast is supposed to replace Muazu.
“I have individually and collectively with the people of Northeast ýgone to the NWC under the acting chairmanship of Uche Secondus to present the demand of the Northeast geo-political zone and all our demands and claims fell on deaf ears.
“You can also remember that Senator Ken Nnamani led a group to NWC to tell them that the party organ, especially the NWC and BOT, must be properly constituted since there are vacancies created by the resignation of their former chairman. That also fell on deaf ears.
“I have to use all the internal mechanisms of the party to address the issue because as it is today by the constitution of the party, the NWC is not properly constituted because there’s no national chairman and the resignation of Muazu created a vacancy in that organ and replacement from the constitution of our party must come from the Northeast.
“I’m from the Northeast. Having exhausted all internal mechanism to ensure that the constitutional provisions are adhered to and complied with and having also neglected, failed and refused to comply with the provision of the constitution, I decided to file an action in court. This is challenging the continued existence of ý NWC without being properly constituted. That is my case in court and it is on behalf of me and the entire Northeast zone consisting of six states that have been excluded and ignored by the Uche Secondus-led committee.
“We as a zone will not accept that we are not part of PDP, we as a zone cannot be ignored by Uche Secondus and his members. We as a zone, like all other zones, must be part of mechanism and operations of the PDP. The Northeast zone after the elections has two PDP states, Southwest has two PDP states, South-South all PDP, the Southeast all PDP except Imo State, Northwest has no PDP and it is part and parcel of PDP because it has the National Treasurer and National Organising Secretary.
“The entire Northeast zone has nobody in the NWCý and as such the constitution does not envisage that. We should not be shortchanged, we should not be excluded.”