Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made costly mistakes during the 2015 general elections b y taking wrong steps.
He disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen at the beginning of a two-day sitting of the party’s post-election review committee for the South-West zone in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The National Working Committee of PDP had on May 5, 2015, constituted a post-election assessment committee, chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to review and evaluate the party’s performance in the just-concluded general elections.
The committee also created three sub-committees, comprising statesmen and women of the party to visit two zones each to find out why PDP lost elections in the zones. Ihedioha is the sub-committee chairman for the North Central and South West zones.
“It just appears to all of us that Nigeria is still largely a PDP state. In every ward, local government areas, states, zones and indeed in the entire country, PDP remains the most popular party by our reckoning. What has happened to us was that we made very costly mistakes. We took steps that we shouldn’t have taken. And those steps today are beginning to hunt us,” Ihedioha said.
He stated that the committee had last week invited all the state and zonal chairmen of the party and briefed them on the various programmes “that we wish to adopt to reach out to the various states.
Consequently, we set up three groups; each of these groups consists of statesmen and women of our great party to visit two zones each. Our group is responsible to finding out what happened in the North Central and South West zones.”
The former deputy speaker added: “We concluded our findings on our programmes at the North Central zone yesterday (Tuesday) evening, and today (Wednesday), we’re here to commence work as regards the South-West zone. We requested all the state chairmen and the zonal chairmen to intimate all stakeholders of our party, who have any submission to make to us, because we’re interested in finding out what actually went wrong and we believe that it is when we find out what went wrong that we can apply solutions.”
Ihedioha described the visit as a fact-finding mission, promising that everyone and group would have an opportunity to make their presentations. He added that the committee would give fair-hearing to all parties involved, which he said, informed the decision of the committee to operate from the zonal office of the party.