NWC’s Decision on Cross River PDP ward and Local Government Congress is Victory Against One Man Dictatorship


By James Utsu

The decision of the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) to recognise the outcomes of the Ward and Local Government Chapter Congresses of the party in Cross River State held on March 7, 2020 and March 21, 2020 is a welcome development and quite commendable.

By taking that firm and bold decision, the national leadership of the PDP has ensured the restoration of justice, fair play and equity in the fabric of the party in the state.

Feelers from members of the PDP in the state indicate that the bold decision of the national leadership of our great party came at the right time and has saved it from monumental disaster of unimaginable proportion that would have befallen it, if they had allowed the rule of one man to prevail.

Worth nothing is the fact that the decision of the party on the outcomes of the ward and local government chapter congresses tallies with the feelings and aspiration of founding members of the PDP, most of whom have been alienated from its activities in recent years.

The PDP national leadership deserves commendation for taking such a laudable decision that has restored the confidence of members in PDP in the state, some of whom had prayed for a just intervention to save the party in the state from collapse.

Since the posting of the list of the ward and local government chapter excos, as announced by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (retired), members of the PDP in the state have been reinvigorated and are bracing up for a free, fair, and democratic state congress, which hopefully, will take place once the nation battles the current Coronavirus pandemic to acceptable level of success.

Though, a handful of members of the party in the state who had thought that it would be business as usual are not happy because one man dictatorship has failed, they are advised to accept the decision of the national secretariat in good faith and join hands with the newly elected exco members of the 196 wards and 18 local government chapters to ensure the PDP continues to remain the strongest grassroots party in Cross River State.

As contained in the letter communicating the decision of the national secretariat on the ward and local government chapter congresses, it is incumbent on the state chairman of the PDP, Chief Enok Edim to swear in the newly elected chapter exco with immediate effect as directed by the national working committee.

Since the decision of the national secretariat on the matter became public knowledge, rumours have continued to make the rounds that some members of the party from the state have been lobbying the national secretariat to change their decision, and instead announce a new list of ward and local government chapter exco that would be in their favour.
This move should be ignored by the national secretariat because these individuals desire to continue to alienate majority of staunch members from the activities of members.

Your current decision on the new chapter is a blessing to the PDP in Cross River State.


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