A former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, on Monday, said that the Peoples Democratic Party’s lack of internal democracy forced him and others out of the party.
According to him, he and others, particularly, a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, struggled but failed to make the party comply with the ideals of true democracy.
He spoke in his hometown, Orin Ekiti, in Ido/Osi Local Government during an interaction with party officials and members in Ekiti State.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti by the SDP’s National Technical Adviser, Public Communications, Yemi Akinbode, Adeniran boasted that his party would win the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti State.
He said, “The PDP lacks internal democracy and that has been the party’s greatest challenge and may end up being its undoing. We tried to correct them, we tried to put them on the path of sanity, but they refused.
“We believe in change and transformation of the democratic system, where human dignity and other virtues can be protected.
“The SDP is a third force and evolving coalition of progressive forces that has become a force to reckon with. Nigerians are yearning for change because so much has gone wrong in this country. Nigerian youths have seen the party as an appropriate vehicle and they are embracing it.
“What we intend to do is to give effect to what we believe in, I mean to sanitize the political system where the rule of law, justice, and fair play can be embraced to promote internal democracy.
“Let me say this, no political party can bring the desired change when internal democracy is tampered with because you can’t build something on nothing.”
Adeniran, however, expressed confidence that his new party, the SDP, would restructure Nigeria to promote development.
He added that the party had embarked on an aggressive membership mobilization that would make Ekiti a launch pad for the party to gain national prominence and defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Source: The Punch