NGF Crisis: PDP Has To Whip Govs Into Line, Says Ex-lawmaker

PDPA former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Independence Ogunewe, said in Abuja on Thursday that the PDP had lost disciplinary power over its members.

Ogunewe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the PDP leadership should wake up and tackle the crisis in the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

He said that the crisis in the NGF could truncate the unity of the country, if it was not checked, warning that the PDP leadership should desist from over-heating the polity.

According to him, what is happening in the PDP can make way for the opposition to grab power from the PDP in 2015.

He said that members of the PDP within the forum were playing into the hands of the opposition, noting that “politics in the NGF is simple but difficult for the PDP”.

Ogunewe said that for the leadership of the PDP to make meaningful headway, there was need for somebody in the party to whip members of the party into line.

He said that the interest of some governors in the NGF appeared to be overriding the party’s interest.

“Governors in North are lining with the opposition in the NGF because they believe that the North should be given opportunity to produce the next president of Nigeria.”

The former lawmaker expressed worry over the politicking in the NGF, saying that the development might snowball to a crisis that would not augur well for the country’s nascent democracy.

Ogunewe said that the crack in the NGF was gradually moving the nation’s democracy backwards.

“We should not give room for any crisis that could lead to military coup or civil war in Nigeria because no nation has survived two civil wars.”

He advised politicians to be careful and to play the game according to the rules, to foster enduring democracy in the country. (NAN)

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