Doyin Okupe, former presidential adviser, says the choice of former Borno state governor Ali Modu Sheriff as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chairman will ring the Death Knell for the party’s funeral. Okupe in a post to Facebook said Sheriff is “a wrong candidate and also coming in at a wrong time”, but admittedly having a war chest to fund “the activities of the party easily”.
Okupe said Sheriff’s “great financial resources” is the positive about he heading the PDP, but his “antagonists believe that he is bringing along with his wealth a crushing weight of burden capable of fatally destroying the few strands of moral fibers on which a rejuvenation will depend on”. Okupe, also, took a dig at his party’s decision-makers, saying that “the capability of our party and its leadership to make grave errors of judgement is legendary. What is intriguing is that even out of power that tendency seems unabating”.
“For a morosed and severely prostrate political party,thanks to the overwhelming and effective propaganda machinery of the (opposition) party in power, this may yet be the mortal wound that may cause the eventual hemorrhage of its long perplexed followership.
The present crop of leadership of the PDP have not faired (Sic) well. Impunity, presumptive reasoning, highly stratified and restrictive consultative processes, absolute lack of inclusiveness, mercantilism, group conceit with a resultant total disconnect with the main stake holders and the followership are some of the florrid (Sic) signs and symptoms of the terminal disease that is killing this erstwhile great party”.
The former senior special adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs vowed not to quit the party though, but along with others like him would “tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell”. Okupe said in spite of this, he and others “will continue to engage all who care to listen and deepen consultation across the country seeking help from everyone ready to help to revive this severely challenged sickened giant.”