PDP Unending Crisis: Act Of God?
From all indications, the party seems to be going down each passing day as a result of intrigues that are playing out.
Some observers tend to believe that there appears to be so much intrigue that the mainstream PDP seems to be boxing itself to a corner despite promises that all is well.
As the crisis has continued to escalate, observers say it may perhaps be an act of God to diminish the ‘’all powerful ‘’PDP, given the fact that the party has despite all its promises as well as boasts, unable to take the country to a level that would elicit pride among Nigerians.
Going by media reports, the mainstream faction of the party on Wednesday, was said to have moved towards defusing tension in its fold as it resolved henceforth not to escalate the crisis by engaging its splinter group, the New PDP and its seven governors, in further verbal war.
The party’s National Working Committee (NWC), after a meeting in Abuja, it was gathered, said it would no longer respond to comments from the breakaway group, led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, so as not to endanger the ongoing reconciliation process being carried out by President Goodluck Jonathan and other party leaders.
It would be recalled that at the September 15 peace talks, the two factions of the party, in a communiqué had urged both sides to sheathe their swords so as not to aggravate the tension in the party.
It was also learnt that the President had restated the need to keep the peace to facilitate the healing process embarked upon by party leaders at the last meeting on Monday.
The maintenance of peace in the party, Saturday Independent gathered, topped the agenda of the NWC meeting on Wednesday as the party resolved to take all necessary steps not to endanger the peace process.
The meeting also ratified the appointment of Second Republic Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko, as chairman of its disciplinary committee and announced the constitution of a finance committee, to be chaired by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, told reporters that it is the resolution of the party not to do anything that would endanger the ongoing reconciliation under the leadership of Jonathan and the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih.
Said Metuh: “The PDP is a united big family and it is not our wish to respond to comments by our estranged brothers. No, we will not comment on any issue but we will do everything to ensure peace.”
Also in an apparent move to bring erring members to order and ensure discipline within the party, the NWC ratified the appointment of Dikko as the chairman of the party’s disciplinary committee.
On the controversy over Dikko’s membership of the PDP, Metuh said that despite his name appearing on the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the national chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), the former minister is a PDP member.
According to Metuh, “I can confirm to you that Umaru Dikko is a registered member of the PDP and he is in good health.”
Factional chairman of the PDP in Adamawa State, Chief Joel Madaki, has said the party would not accept any unreasonable conditions from the New PDP for peace to return to the party.
Madaki, while receiving two Toyota buses donated to the party by the son of the PDP National Chairman, Awwal Tukur, who was represented by Alhaji Danjuma Aliyasu, in Yola, said PDP would shock those who thought the party would fail without them.
“Some people are trying to give us superfluous conditions in order to hijack the party. The party belongs to all Nigerians not one man or some people who think they can do as they wish. Therefore, we cannot accept any mundane condition as the party is not the property of anyone and hence no one has the right to say return the party to him,” he said.
While the PDP has continued to insist that the committee was put together in accordance with the provision of its constitution, a dependable source said the decision was informed by the crisis rocking the party.
According to the source, the party leaders, especially President Jonathan, have become fed up with the antics of the sponsors of the breakaway faction, New PDP and has decided to move against them.
With the ongoing reconciliation meeting within the party looking doomed, as the Baraje faction has continued to use delay tactics to stall resolution of the crisis, it is believed that the President has decided to take his destiny in his hands by pulling his weight on the recalcitrant party members.
The angry PDP members had openly insisted that their main concern was to stop the second term ambition of the President.
A reliable source disclosed that everyone linked with the New PDP would be dragged before the disciplinary committee and severely dealt with if they eventually scuttled the ongoing peace move in the party.
“Will you blame the President for deciding to take the battle into the bedroom of his enemies? If you are in his shoes, I’m sure you will not watch and allow some insignificant persons within the party to rubbish you.
“The fact remains that everyone of these so-called aggrieved party members will be dealt with soon. It is in their own interest to allow peace to reign.
“We have rules in this party and they will be applied without mercy when it is time,” the source said.
Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, also vowed on Wednesday that leaders of the breakaway faction of the PDP would not surrender in their current battle until “true reformation” is allowed to take place within the party.
Aliyu, who is one of the arrowheads of the faction, described developments within the ruling party as more of “autocracy and dictatorship.”
He argued that failure to install true democracy within the PDP might spell doom not only for democrats within but the entire country.
He said the battle to compel the leadership of the party to respect the principles of democracy is not for him alone but also for Nigerians.
Said Aliyu: “Many people have been asking me questions about my position but I told them it is not mine per se but a principled struggle. It is not about Babangida Aliyu, but Nigeria and its future. If I die today the battle continues,” the governor said.
For Aliyu, his G-7 Governors who are opposed to the goings-on in the PDP staged the walk-out and formed the paralleled new PDP because they discovered that there was no internal democracy in the party.
Commentators have argued that the PDP crises has continued and will continue because the party has refused to accept the truth that they have failed in doing the right things at the right time and more especially playing politics with governance.
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