Abuja - Obong Ekpo, the People's Democratic Party's (PDP's) Akwa Ibom State Chairman, accused members of the breakaway faction of undermining the party.
He challenged the aggrieved members to put the interests of the organisation ahead of their own.
Ekpo described the recent move by the senior officials who formed a splinter group as "unfortunate."
“What is happening is unfortunate. It is unfortunate because the key actors in the entire saga are the very people who have benefited immensely from the PDP. The platform of the PDP made most of them.
"My position is that they should be true party members in action. This means that instead of trying to undermine the party, they should use their position to fight and defend its cause. There is no better way to pay back to the political party without which some of us would not have been where we are," he said in Abuja.
He said this after State Chairpersons of the party paid a solidarity visit to the National Chairman of the Party, Dr Bamanga Turkur.
Ekpo said the PDP was a "big family" and thus it was expect that in such a situation, there would be disagreements.
"We must however rise beyond these and emerge stronger. It is important therefore that all party members must support the National Chairman and the National Working Committee to ensure that his agenda of reconciliation and rebuilding of the party succeeds," Ekpo added.
- CAJ News