Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The crises ridden Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is poised to displace the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government and regain power at the centre come 2019.
National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh says the party has since overcome the initial trauma that accompanied the electoral setback of the 2015 general elections.
Metuh is presently standing trial over N400m allegedly meant for arms received from the office of the former national security adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki.
He noted that the party’s internal democratic measures was able to resolve the present crises rocking the leadership of the party in which three persons emerged chairman of the party on Wednesday.
This was contained in a statement signed by the special assistant to the PDP national publicity secretary, Richard Ihediwa.
According to the statement; “Chief Metuh said the recent variance of voices from its members is as a result of the party’s foundation of liberal democracy, which he described as a mark of strength, adding that the party has adequate internal mechanisms to resolve all issues within its fold.
“The view of the PDP spokesman was contained in his opening remark at a meeting of the party’s Publicity Directorate with some visiting parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, led by Rt. Hon. Mark Field, member of Parliament and Chairman of International Office of the Conservative Party, and Colin Bloom, Director of Outreach-BCP in Abuja on Friday.
“He told the visitors that the PDP faced serious challenges soon after it lost in the elections, culminating in the resignation of its National Chairman, a development that created some challenges within the party, but assured that every issue would be resolved by the party leadership by next week.
“In his remark, Rt. Hon. Mark Field advised the party to ensure that it does not trash its brand in the face of challenges. He noted that while it is common for some party members to demand the removal of leaders after electoral defeat, care must be taken not to jeopardize institutional memory in the party.
“Never trash your brand no matter whatever the government of the day is saying about you”, he admonished the PDP.
The interaction was attended by PDP publicity staff, social media operatives of the party and officials of the International Republican Institute (IRI), who facilitated the visit.