He stated this at the opening of the party’s National Non-Elective Convention in Abuja on Saturday, and said that the party had become reformed and refocused to win all future elections in the country.
Okowa, who is the Chairman of the Convention Committee, said that the past two years presented great challenges to the party.
He said that the loss of presidential election and the gale of defections were enough to sink the party’s ship, but expressed delight that the party had overcome the challenges.
He called for the support of Nigerians for the party, assuring them that it would not disappoint the country.
Describing the PDP’s travails as “baptism of fire’’, Okowa said that the party had survived was a testimony to the resilience of its grassroots’ structure, organisation and appeal.
“Ours is a party firmly anchored on the grassroots, connected to the people in a unique way that recognises that power truly belongs to the people.
“We are rebounding back, realising that there is a champion in each of us in the party.
A collective leadership and partnership, resolved to do things right is all that we need to build the strength to recapture power,” he said.
The committee chairman said that the fact that the party became a victim of its own success was one of the sobering lessons that it learnt from its defeat.