A former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to embrace reforms, especially in raising its funding, warning that the party risk losing its appeal to Nigerians.
Orubebe who critiqued the PDP funding mechanism in an open letter written to the party’s chairman, Uche Secondus, said the main opposition party is descending to the firm grip of certain individuals “who are exhibiting dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviours.”
He advocated for a funding approach that accomodates Nigerians to contribute resources in the management of PDP.
Orubebe expressed his fears that allowing the party to be held ‘hostage’ by few major donors will be detriment to the acceptability of the party by Nigerians.
“The party is gradually coming under the control of certain individuals, who are exhibiting dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviours.
“One of the biggest challenges that the PDP faces is balancing its needs for funding with established egalitarian values and internal systems.
“If the party continues to be held hostage by few major donors, it will continue to find it difficult to instil the values that will endear us to Nigerians.
“We must take our appeal to Nigerians and through our reforms, let the party truly become a people-funded party. Small donations from millions of Nigerians will go a long way in the party’s financial requirements and will create the necessary atmosphere for true ownership among members of the party.”
Giving his assessment on the current situation of the party, Orubebe noted that PDP is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder and would need sustainable ideas to bounce back to reckoning, adding that PDP has crossed from pride to shame.
He, however, appeared optimistic that the trend can be reversed if necessary reforms are put in place before “it is too late,” he said.
The letter further read, “PDP is still lost in depression and suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)… the platform has crossed the bridge from pride to shame.
“We have gone from a party of pride to a party of shame and gradually receding into the abyss of political reality. For the simple reason that the nation is witnessing calls for the rise of a ‘third force’, we are fast becoming a shadow of ourselves.
Orubebe attracted attention when he attempted to disrupt the process of the collation of results of the 2015 presidential election as he accused then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attairu Jega, of bias and conspiracy against the PDP.
After some moments, he vacated the hall and the process continued, which eventually resulted in the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC).