A former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, has called on the members of its National Working Committee (NWC) to resign voluntarily from the committee.
Speaking in Umuahia on Sunday, Ogbulafor said the members should take the path of honour by bowing out of the committee. He described the resignation of the National Chairman and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and Chief Tony Aninih as a welcome development.
“I feel happy about their resignation because I feel they did so in the interest of the party.
“So, I feel it is better for all the committee members to voluntarily resign if they love the party and want it to survive,” he said.
Ogbulafor urged the committee to accept responsibility for the woeful performance of the PDP in the 2015 general elections and the failure to deliver President Goodluck Jonathan for a second tenure.
“The party played the politics of hate and exclusion,” he said, adding that “past national chairmen were completely excluded and were never invited to offer our own ideas on how to deliver Jonathan.
“When I was the chairman, I controlled 28 states and a majority in the National Assembly and also won additional four states for the party.
“Some of us performed better and have good ideas on how to keep PDP in power for as long as I predicted,’’ he said.
Ogbulafor, who predicted that the party would rule Nigeria for uninterrupted 60 years, said that the feat was possible had the party sustained the line-up.
“I made the prediction in clear conscience and realisation that it was achievable, given that PDP controlled 28 states, majority in the National Assembly and local government administration.
“So, there is nothing that could have stopped PDP if we were able to control the line-up.”
“Since I left office, PDP has changed its chairmen five times. This is a pointer that all is not well with the party.
“This is why I am calling on the NWC members to quit without compulsion to pave the way for fresh blood that will bring vibrancy and help to move the party forward,” he said.