Senate President, David Mark has warned that unless the infighting in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is put to an end forthwith, the party may be heading for final self destruction.
Senator Mark was worried by the continued acrimony between factions in the party; lamenting that “the PDP is already hemorrhaging,” pointing out that “unless we halt the bleeding and find the necessary therapy, we may be heading for the final burial of the party.”
Mark spoke yesterday when the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who heads the PDP Post-Election Assessment Committee visited him, saying that “the party is already in a comatose status and we should do all we can to resuscitate it, rather than this unnecessary rancour and buck-passing.”
Mark said: “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 this blame-game! We should return to the drawing board and need not wash our dirty linen in the public, anymore. I believe 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.
“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,” Mark added.
Mark called on all stakeholders to rise above the present circumstances and work hard to rejuvenate the party, noting that the new status of the party as an opposition is a challenge which “we must face with all honesty, sincerity of purpose and dedication to duty.”
We’ve overcome post-election trauma – PDP
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his mature and timely intervention in ending the bickering among leaders of the party as a result of the outcome of the 2015 general elections.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the National Working Committee, NWC, will abide by the counsel and has instructed all the executives of the party at all levels to comply accordingly.
“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.
“We therefore urge all our members to ensure that they henceforth guard their utterances and actions no matter the provocation and distortions in some section of the media while channeling their energies and ideas towards the rebuilding process.
“In this regard, all members who have reports, grievances and suggestions on the way forward should transmit same to the Post-Election Review Committee for an all inclusive roadmap in the overall effort to regain power in 2019.
“Our members should be wary of the activities of some mischievous persons within and outside the PDP family who are bent on frustrating this peace effort. Such individuals and groups have found the social media a veritable tool for their mischief through distortion of facts, false allegations and fabrications against our party”, Metuh said.