Mark your calendars: The beleaguered Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will have another chance to rebuild its battered umbrella on March 19th, 2016, when the party holds its national convention. The party is expected to elect new members of its National Working Committee during the convention.
2015 is the worst year on record for the party. Losing its strong hold on Nigeria’s Politics after 16 years at the helm of affairs at the centre and majority of the States. Nigerians rejected the party at the polls, handing out a defeat for its presidential candidate and then president Goodluck Jonathan. The party also lost a majority of State Governors Lodges.
Since the election defeat, the party has remained in disarray with different power centres jostling for control. The National chairmanship slot which was supposed to go back to the North East following the resignation of former chairman, Adamu Muazu, remained in the South South with Prince Uche Secondus.
Also, a national convention held last month which was meant to mark the beginning of a rebuilding process was underwhelming and shunned by a lot of its prominent members. The biggest takeaway from the convention was the apology by chairman of the convention committee, Raymond Dokpesi, on behalf of the party for discarding its zoning arrangement and fielding Jonathan as presidential candidate. The PDP dissociated itself from his comments and then he later tried to walk back the comments himself.
The party however has another chance to pick up the pieces as it has fixed its convention for the first half of 2016, according to a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.
Before the March 19 national convention, the party would hold its ward congresses on February 27, local government congresses on March 5, state congresses on March 12, zonal congresses on March 16, before the National Congress which comes up on March 19.