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PDP Chairmanship: Ali Modu-Sheriff Not The Way- Okupe

Spokesman to the former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, opined that having Ali Modu-Sheriff as chairman will destroy the PDP.
Okupe’s judgment was based on the belief that zoning the party’s chairman to the north will help it regain favour from the region.
“The argument that because the party is weak in the north if the chairman is zoned to the north it will strengthen the party in that zone is a puerile” Okupe condemned.
Okupe said electing the controversial Borno politician would mean repeating the mistake the
party made in adopting Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate in 2015.
“When Awolowo was alive, there were great politicians in the West, but he was of such stature
that if the ruling party then appointed one national chairman per state in the west it would
have amounted to no political strength or gain whatsoever.” He wrote
“It was this type of sentiment that led to the zoning of the chairman of the NPN
(National Party of Nigeria) to chief Adisa Akinloye, no doubt a political Juggernaut, but still could not produce the desired result,” Okupe wrote.
“What we need to strengthen the PDP in the north is, excellent and stellar performance of PDP
governors in the north and the south, diligent and committed efforts by local party leadership
and passionate and courageous; genuine and dutiful; engagement of the leadership of the party
at all levels with the grassroots in the zone.” he said
Okupe also reminded PDP leaders of the failure of Adamu Mu’azu, who resigned as
chairman in May 2015 after presiding over the party’s biggest electoral disaster in history

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