Abuja – The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) again extended an olive branch to members of the breakaway faction led by Abubakar Baraje.
This new offer follows the Independent National Electoral Commission to reject Baraje’s splinter group and upholding the mainstream led by chairman, Bamanga Tukur.
“The position of INEC in affirming the leadership of the PDP under the National Chairmanship of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and rejecting the demand for recognition by our aggrieved brothers has indeed laid to rest all contentions regarding the authentic leadership of our great party,” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, stated.
He said the party however, we wish to state “categorically” that this was not a time for the recognised faction to “gloat or preen ourselves over victory.”
“We must use this window of opportunity to engender true reconciliations, put all the issues behind us and move ahead as one big united family that we are. We must at this time close ranks and rally around President Goodluck Jonathan and our leaders at all levels so that collectively, we will ensure that our great party delivered on its mandate and promises as enshrined in the PDP manifesto, the ideals of our founding fathers and the Transformation Agenda of the PDP-led government for the overall good of our people.”
Metuh added, “The challenges of the last few months, rather than detract, have proven that the PDP remains the pre-eminent party that will continue to win elections at all levels in the country.”
Infighting came to a head within the ruling party in recent months culminating in Baraje leading a split out of the ruling party. However, it has emerged the INEC has declined the faction’s application seeking to be recognised as the authentic leadership of the PDP.
– CAJ News