June 15, 2016 – Kenneth Okonkwo: I Left The PDP Party Because National Working Committee Members Refuse To Resign
Why I Quit My PDP Membership – Kenneth Okonkwo Tells STV
“The PDP suffered a huge shock after the presidential election which was greater than their naturally installed shock absorbers. The unprecedented, patriotic disposition of the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, to concede defeat baffled a lot of them. So there was a lot of confusion, name calling and crises. l expected them to put their acts together and move on in unity to form a good and formidable opposition to the ruling Party. The youths wanted the National Working Committee to step down immediately or be removed by force. I couldn’t stand by and allow the party disintegrate. So I met with the youths and prevailed on them to sheath their sword and give peace a chance.
They agreed with me and gave their conditions. One of the conditions is that I must arrange a meeting between them and the National Working Committee, within seven days, to air their grievances and determine collectively the way forward. I was able to secure a meeting between them and the National Working Committee represented by the Public Relations Officer, Chief Olisa Metuh. The way I was defending the party and the National Working Committee made some of the youths to think that I may be working for them. I told the youths that I share their sentiments that after every general election which resulted in huge failures, if it were in advanced countries, the party officials always stepped down for new ones.
But removing the present national executives by force without having better people to replace them will amount to an exercise in futility. I told them that if by the next convention and the members of the National Working Committee did not step down voluntarily, l will resign my membership of the party, because I was sure anarchy would prevail.”