The post- election review committee headed by the deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will monitor every action of the All Progressives Congress (APC) so it does not deceive Nigerians just to get their votes. According to him, ‘we are ready to hold the new government accountable and make sure that the promises they have made ,that we will be able to benchmark each of them appropriately so that it will not be that they have deceived Nigerians and got their votes. They are going to account for their statements and promises. We will hold them to accountable for all the promises.
The committee which was set up following the defeat of the PDP at the last elections with a view to finding a way forward for the party. The committee held a closed door meeting with President Good luck Jonathan.
Since the PDP lost the last presidential election there has been the blame game and accusations and counter accusations of betrayals. Some party members have called for the resignation of the chairman and members of the National Working Committee (NWC). The president is keen on seeing an end to the bickering so the party can focus on providing a credible opposition to the new APC led government.
Ike Ekweremadu said they had gone to brief the president on the extent they have gone with the assignment and to seek his support. According to Ekweremadu, ‘this committee has been inaugurated and we deemed it necessary to come back to the leader of the party to brief him on our appointment.
‘As you are aware, the PDP set up a committee to have an overview of our performance during 2015 elections and possibly proffer a road map for the PDP to return to its past glory.
Mr President has given us his words that he will encourage and will support this process and that he is interested in the party returning to its past glory and that he is going to do everything to ensure that we remain intact. We also agreed that all bickering have to stop so that we have a position that will enable us to rebuild our party, he said.’
Ekweremadu said the blame game was a natural reaction to failure. ‘When you this kind of situation, the first reaction will be blame game. But I think we been able to absorb that shock and right now I can assure you that all that bickering has stopped. We are now ready to rebuild our party and be able to present credible opposition for this country that will ensure us return to power in 2019.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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