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PDP brushes off new defection setback

27 November 2013, 09:46Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) downplayed the latest defections of the aggrieved members of the party to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

“The attention of the National Leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to an announcement by members of the so called New PDP declaring their membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). We recognize the rights of freedom of association for all Nigerians and declare that it is within the rights of any Nigerian citizen to associate with anybody he/she deems fit,” PDP stated in a press statement Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the party, released.

“By this open declaration today, those individuals have unveiled their true intent which most Nigerians suspected ab initio. They have chosen to abandon a broad based National Platform and embraced a narrow group of ethnic and religious bigots whose main intention is to unleash a state of anarchy on Nigeria. We wish to state categorically that the PDP remains unperturbed as we are now rid of detractors and distractions. We urge all our members nationwide to remain focused and close ranks, now that agents of distraction have finally left our ranks.”

Metuh argued that from the rulings of the court there were no factions whatsoever in the PDP.

“In the eyes of the law, the PDP remains one and an indivisible entity under the leadership of Dr Bamanga Tukur. We wish to commend the wise decision of some of the aggrieved Governors to dissociate themselves from the action of some of their colleagues. We assure all Nigerians that the PDP will continue to grow from strength to strength and will definitely emerge stronger from this event.”

The ruling party has been beset by factionalism that has culminated in some aggrieved members quitting the organisation.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s offers of reconciliation to aggrieved members have hit a brick wall.

Metuh nonetheless remained positive the offers would be accepted.

“We wish to use this opportunity to remind all PDP members that the peace process initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan is still on course and we wish to thank him for his patience, humility and spirit of accommodation. The meeting between the President and aggrieved members shall hold on Sunday, December 01, 2013. We wish to reassure our teeming members that our doors remain open to address all grievances. We shall however not condone any acts of internal subversion from any quarters,” he said.

– CAJ News


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