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PDP: Mark Warns Against Self-Destruction

Teddy Nwanunobi and Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja

Senate President, Senator David Mark, yesterday warned that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could be heading for self destruction, if combatants, who are now trading blames and pointing fingers on the party’s poor outing in the general election, do not sheathe their swords. Mark made the warning when the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who heads the PDP Post-election Assessment Committee, visited him, just as he expressed worry that the PDP might be heading for its final destruction, if the infighting is not stopped. As he spoke, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, announced that all aggrieved members have agreed to sheathe their swords and re-unite for the good of the party. He said timely intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan, restored confidence of members who suffered what he called “post election trauma” as a result of the party’s defeat by the All Progressives Congress (APC), in last month’s presidential election.

Speaking on the continued acrimony between blocs in the party, Mark said “the PDP is already haemorrhaging. Unless we halt the bleeding, and find the necessary therapy, we may be heading for the final burial of the party”. Mark, who also frowned at the emerging factions in the party, urged members to end the blame-game. “The Party is already in a comatose status, and we should do all we can to resuscitate the party rather than this unnecessary rancour and bulk passing. The emerging factions are absolutely unnecessary. The combatants must sheathe their swords, and embrace dialogue. “My appeal is that we should not do anything further that would damage the already fragmented house. Everybody should come together and rebuild the party. “We have gotten enough bruises. We need not inflict further pains on ourselves, with continuous bickering. “Enough of the blame game. We should return to the drawing board, and need not wash our dirty linen in the public anymore. “I believe (that) a useful lesson has been learnt from the PDP electoral misfortune. As for me, it is time to put on our thinking caps and chart a new course,” he said.

Mark, however, expressed optimism that the Ekweremadu-led Committee would deliver on its mandate. “I trust Senator Ekweremadu that he and his team will do a good job and unearth the remote and immediate causes of our misfortune, and make recommendations that will enhance the future of the party. “I have worked closely with the Deputy President of the Senate over the years, and I know his capability and capacity to handle issues,” he added. He however called on all stakeholders to rise above the present circumstances, and work hard to rejuvenate the party. He noted that the new status of the party as an opposition is a challenge, which party members must face with all “honesty, sincerity of purpose and dedication to duty”. Mark, who expressed belief that democracy and the nation, would be better for it “if we play credible opposition to ensure good governance and delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians”. Meanwhile, the party has said the post election crises that has rocked it was due to the fact that it suffered its first ever defeat in the last 16 years of being in power, especially at the centre.

The party said however, the timely intervention of the leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan, has doused the internal bickering within the leadership which has also issued same directive to its members. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement yesterday that the National Working Committee will absolutely abide by Jonathan’s counsel. He also said executives of the party, at all levels, have also been instructed to comply. “The leadership of the PDP regrets any embarrassment the avoidable skirmishes may have caused the members of our great party, especially our founding fathers and teeming supporters across the country. “We are aware that this unfortunate development is a consequence of post election trauma arising from our first ever defeat. We however, note with relief that we have now overcome this challenge. “The National Working Committee assures that in the new spirit of harmony in the PDP family, the reengineering process, which began on Tuesday with the inauguration of the Post Election Review Committee, will be vigorously sustained to restore the lost glory of our great party.

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