Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State has affirmed former governor of the State, Gabriel Suswam as its leader in the state.
They also called for strict discipline within the state party.
The position of the state party was contained in a communique issued after an extraordinary meeting of Benue State Working Committee members from Zones A and B senatorial Districts in Markudi, the state’s capital.
The communique was signed by Dr. Tsetim Ayargwer, State Deputy-Chairman,
PDP, Benue State; Rt. Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor, Benue State Governorship Candidate of the PDP, 2015 G7 Elections.
Others are Hon. Dominic Ucha, Member, Benue State House of Assembly,
Tiev State Constituency; Dr. Stephen Tsav, Former. Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly; and Dr. Laha Dzever, Chairman, G-14 Elders Forum.
The communique stated “that the PDP in Benue State shall strive harder than ever before to close ranks amongst its leadership and members and work for the reclaiming of the party’s dominance of politics in Nigeria, recognising and deferring to the leadership of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party and Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswam as its Leader in Benue State.
“That the supremacy of the party as enshrined in its Constitution must be upheld at all times by all members of the party, no matter their status, and all must exhibit loyalty and obedience to the party through respect for its statutory and mandated organs in all of their dealings with the party and in the pursuit of their lawful aspirations and ambitions.
“That regarding the forthcoming Congresses of the party at the various levels, the zoning of Executive Committee positions at those levels, as put in place by the leadership of the party, must be conformed with, while ensuring that the best qualified, suitable and committed party men and women are elected to the various offices, for the ultimate good and progress of the party.
“That the stakeholders of the party are required to work in cooperation with party leadership organs at the various levels to ensure hitch-free and successful conduct of the Congresses, in a manner that minimises grievances and disenchantment within party ranks.
“That stakeholders and members of the party, while reserving the right to freely associate amongst themselves as being of one political family, must at the same time refrain from exercising such right in a manner that jeopardises
the efforts being made to revive, strengthen and reposition the party. In this regard, all party men and women must be vigilant against the manipulative antics of the ruling APC which targets to sponsor subversive activities within our party ranks. Meetings amongst our party members must be held in transparent manner with the singular and verifiable aim to foster unity and contribute to the development of the party.
“That strict discipline must be maintained at all times and in all situations through the ranks and hierarchy of the party, as only a disciplined and purposeful organisation can achieve its aims and objectives.
“That the State Working Committee of the party is, therefore, advised to take all necessary steps, henceforth, to implement those decisions and resolutions as soon as possible, and also not to hesitate to mete out appropriate sanctions on any erring member or group within the party, no matter how highly placed.”