A former minister of Niger Delta Affairs had said Nigeria’s former ruling party; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is “lost in depression and suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD)”.
Orubebe who was a minister under PDP government gave his diagnosis of the current condition of Nigeria's main opposition party in an open letter addressed to its National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus.
The letter was published in a national newspaper in Nigeria on Monday.
The former minister, who was subject of social media jibes following his theatric attempt to sabotage the counting the 2015 presidential election votes, said PDP has gone from a party of 'pride to a party of shame'.
He said in the open letter: “The party is gradually coming under the control of certain individuals, who are exhibiting dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviors.
“We have gone from a party of pride to a party of shame and gradually receding into the abyss of political reality. For the simple reason that the nation is witnessing calls for the rise of a ‘third force’, we are fast becoming a shadow of ourselves.
“The party is gradually coming under the control of certain individuals, who are exhibiting dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviors. One of the biggest challenges that the PDP faces is balancing its needs for funding with established egalitarian values and internal systems.
“If the party continues to be held hostage by few major donors, it will continue to find it difficult to instill the values that will endear us Nigerians.
“We must take our appeal to Nigerians and through our reforms, let the party truly become a people-funded party. Small donations from millions of Nigerians will go a long way in the party’s financial requirements and will create the necessary atmosphere for true ownership among members of the party.”