North-central: PDP stalwarts lament party’s eroding presence in NASS

Not a few political observers have expressed grave concern over the dwindling fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party, not only in the North-central region but across the country as a whole.

One of the party’s stalwarts, Mr. Edwin Onuh from Benue State said the party is currently in “coma,” as he noted the big loss suffered by the major opposition party in the incoming 10th National Assembly.

Most worrisome over the development, accirding to the politician, is the party’s eroded presence in the North-central.

Giving a detailed analysis of the party’s gloomy political outlook at the NASS, another party faithful who craves anonymity explained to The PUNCH that the PDP is the biggest casualty of the political tsunami that happened during the 2023 general elections in the region as many of its political heavyweights were brushed aside by a tidal wave of change.

Reeling out figures to back the claim, the source informed, “Out of the total of the 19 senate seats available for the North Central states of Kogi, Plateau, Benue, Kwara, Niger, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), only five are occupied by PDP members.

“To make matters worse, only Senator Abba Moro from Benue South will be returning to the Red Chamber from all incumbent PDP senators

“Therefore, as it stands, the APC holds the majority in the region with 11 senators, while The Social Democratic Party has two senators, and the Labour Party has one senator,” he analysed.

The inauguration of the 10th Assembly has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday, June 13.

Onuh, who expressed further concern over the party’s situation lamented that the PDP is currently in a state of coma and requires immediate attention akin to that of a patient in the political intensive care unit.

Onuh remarked, “Like they say, a house divided against itself cannot stand.

“It is a bad omen and I think we need to go back to the drawing board and put our house together if we want this party to survive.

“From all indications, the PDP is now in a state of coma. The party is in a political intensive care unit and needs urgent attention before it finally dies,” the politician maintained.

Another party stalwart who equally does not want his name in print imformed that, “the PDP’s diminished presence in the North-central region’s Senate representation raises further questions about the party’s future strategy and its ability to effectively influence legislative decisions in the region.

“It will be crucial for the party to regroup and rebuild its support base in order to regain prominence in subsequent elections,”he pointed out.



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