PDP Party Members Want Name Changed As Part Of Rebranding
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is currently undergoing pressure from some of its party members to change its name ahead of the 2019 Elections. This was disclosed by two Senior members of the party according to a statement sent to THIS DAY.
The statement disclosed that the reason for the pressure is that party members believe that the fortunes of the former ruling party will greatly increase if it takes form of a new name.
According to one of the chieftains; “It will also enable more people, including those who left the party, the opportunity to join the party.”
The Chieftain also revealed that Professor Jerry Gana, who recently decamped to the SDP, was one of those who had privately expressed concern about the party’s name.
“I don’t know whether this is why he left for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) but I am convinced that his decision to leave must have been influenced by the issues bordering on the party’s name.”
“It is not only Gana that is seeking a change of name. Many of the members of the party who had left and desirous of coming back to the party also want a change of name,” the source had said.
According to reports, the party leadership has continued to reject the idea, reiterating that the PDP was a brand.
In reaction to the issue, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that a change of name is not part of the agenda of the PDP.
He said, “We seek new ideas on how best to sell our party to the generality of Nigerians. But changing the name of our great party is not in contemplation of the organs of our party.”
“Why do we need to change our name? Our party is rebranding, repositioning and more than ever ready for the 2019 election. We lost in 2015 not because we were called PDP but because the opposition party then tagged us with unprintable names.”
“Today, we remain the most viable opposition in our country and we have carried out our duties to the country responsibly. Nigerians are rallying the PDP because they have seen through the All Progressives Congress (APC) lies and propaganda.”
“For us in the PDP, we will not change our name just because we lost the election in 2015. In the United States of America, the Democratic Party has lost elections in its 190 years of existence but it has not changed its name. Also, the Republican Party has existed for 164 years without a change of name.”
“The PDP has lived for almost 20 years and lost election only once. Our rebranding is not about change of names but adopting a democratic culture that meets best practices all over the world.”
“The PDP is striving to meet these practices on daily basis, and it has become responsive to the demands of members. Our part, therefore,e has no need to change its name.”