As preparations for 2019 elections continue to heat up, events unfolding suggest that the former ruling party, PDP which lost massively in the 2015 general elections have not learnt from its past failures. This is according to a member of the National Assembly, Sen. Stella Oduah.
Oduah shared that impunity, imposition, disregard for internal democratic systems, disregard for members and other acts of irregularities in the party’s activities led to its losses in the 2015 general elections and the negative traits still persist in the party till date.
She said “I am still waiting for the party to address the concerns and the issues that I raised.
“The issues essentially boil down to the fact that the party’s Constitution clearly states how primary elections should be conducted.
“It stated the stages the exercise should go through and for each stage, it spelt out a check, and that check is to address the grievances that may come as a result of the process.
“Mine was very clear; I raised alert on the defects I noted. I wrote, complaining and insisted that failure to address those concerns, I wasn’t going to be part of that process,” Oduah said.
“Anything unjust is totally unacceptable for me, and that is where we are now, waiting for the party to address those concerns,” she said.
“If you have done something that made it impossible for people to exercise their rights, you disenfranchise them in the process and had a resultant effect, and you repeat it, obviously you haven’t learnt your lessons.
“I wish the party will revisit and address all the concerns.
“This is necessary because when people are aggrieved and you are not concerned about those grievances, you are saying two things: `go to hell’ and “there is nothing you can do about it,” she said.