The newly appointed Acting National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Setonji Koshoedo, has promised to use the office to translate the
reunification and rebuilding agenda of the National Working Committee (NWC) to reality through all the critical organs of the party.
Koshoedo spoke in Ibadan , Oyo State while responding to questions from journalists over the weekend.
He was in Ibadan for the commissioning of a project by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.
Koshoedo said that having been part of the NWC before his elevation as the party’s scribe, he knew the vision of the NWC under the leadership of the Acting National Chairman, Ambassador Ilya Damagun.
The Acting Secretary said he would follow suit to bring everyone together as one united family to re-present PDP as a strong and reliable party again.
He promised not to jettison the plans of the National Working Committee, “but rather consolidate it by energising all structures down to the grassroots level to make PDP play its role as the main opposition party in the country.”
Koshoedo, was the party’s Deputy National Secretary, until recently when he was named the acting National Secretary during the National Working Committee’s meeting on Tuesday 14th November, 2023.
Koshoedo, a former member of the House of Representatives has vast experience in party management, having been the Chairman of Lagos State Chapter and a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in the past.
He expressed deep appreciation to his colleagues in the NWC for approving his mew elevation to the office of the National Secretary in acting capacity in line with the dictates of the party’s constitution.
Koshoedo said : “I’m very humbled by the confidence reposed in me by the distinguished leaders in the National Working Committee who approved my appointment to act as the National Secretary.
“I am conscious of everyone’s expectation, from the NWC to our other leaders across board, and I feel personally challenged to live up to these expectations and not disappoint the party.”
On his plans for the party, the new Acting National Secretary said he would work together with his colleagues in the NWC to recover and rejuvenate the party from its current discouraging situation no matter how short or long his tenure in his new office might be.
Koshoedo , mentioned that it had always been the resolve of the NWC to take the necessary steps to reposition and rebuild the party along with all other stakeholders.
He said that some decisions critical to the party’s well-being had been taken and he could only align and start implementing them in earnest.
According to him, the long wait for the outcomes of the Presidential Election Tribunal cases up to the Supreme Court was the reason the NWC had to slow down on some crucial initiatives for rebuilding the party.
“And now that the party has put that behind, members could expect very positive and progressive actions from the NWC,” he said.
The PDP scribe in his comments said that restoring the image of the party, which had been so much bashed in recent times, is very important to the Acting National Chairman and the entire NWC members.
“So we have all agreed on some immediate steps to be taken towards boosting the image of the party.
“The party would soon be brought back into the consciousness of Nigerians as the party of choice.
” The NWC is planning to empower the party’s publicity department to not only start showcasing the strengths and inherent opportunities of our serving governors and elected officers, but to also start playing the key roles of a formidable opposition by becoming a virile and objective critic of the sitting government while proffering possible solutions to the problems of Nigeria.
“The PDP will not hesitate to always suggest necessary reviews or amendments in the nation’s Policy Documents, Constitution and the Electoral Laws in its quest to lead public discourse in the march towards good governance in the country.
” The NWCbis also considering opening its arms to other political parties that may be interested to collaborate or merge with it to build a stronger political party for the betterment of the country’s democracy.
“Serious and urgent steps towards reconciliation of aggrieved members shall be taken,” Koshoedo explained.
According to him, the emerging Peoples Democratic Party would require amity, cooperation and oneness of purpose among members of the party to save Nigeria.
He therefore appealed to all members who had either defected or were sitting on the fence to return to the party, and present their suggestions and opinions through the windows that will be provided by the NWC to rejuvenate and reposition the party for the greater good of the nation. (vitalnewsngr.com)