Jos—Former Plateau State governor, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, has blamed the habit of running the affairs of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as a personal empire for the crisis within the party.
He spoke weekend, while reacting to a disclaimer on his membership of the party, saying he remained a bona fide member of the party.
Tapgun said: “The crisis that has been bedeviling this party is about this ‘grabbing’ and ‘grabbing’. People want to take the party as a personal property and it is against the philosophy of the party. This is what the national secretariat of the party is fighting against.”
According to him, it was the same problem the Ekwueme reconciliation committee of which he was a member, found in 2007 when it went round the states and found people trying to personalise the party and make it a personal empire from which they could shout at others at will.
He said he was happy that Mr. President and the national chairman of the party were ready to check the trend saying, “this party belongs to the people and it must go back to the people. It is lack of internal democracy that has been killing this party and this has to be reversed.”
He dismissed the advertorial placed by the Plateau PDP in some national dailies disclaiming him and two other members of the Electoral Sub-Committee for the special convention of the party.
“I am a full-fledged member of the PDP. I have done all I need to do to return to the party by returning to my ward as directed by the national secretariat. You are familiar with all that went wrong with the party that made some of us to leave the PDP, he said.”