Mark, Anyim, Wabara, Gana, 24 Others Wade Into PDP Crisis
Former Senate Presidents David Mark, Anyim Pius Anyim, Adolphous Wabara and 25 other elders have decided to wade into the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The leaders said they will soon meet with PDP governors, members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Working Committee (NWC) to find lasting solutions to the fundamental matters arising.
The 28 former elected leaders of the party, in a statement jointly signed by them, however, appealed to all organs, officers and members to remain calm.
Other elders of the party who made the appeal include former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu; former Deputy Speaker Austin Opara; ex-Minister Jerry Gana; ex-Governors Sule Lamido, Ibrahim Danmkwambo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola; ex-National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo; ex-Ministers Odion Ugbesa and Hajiya Zainab Maina, Senators Biodun Olujimi and Zainab Kure.
Others are a former PDP national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; a former Chief of Staff, Mike Ogiadomhe; Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe; Senator Helen Esuene; Senator Agboola Hosea and Hajiya Adiza Adodo.
“In view of recent developments at the national secretariat of our great party, we have resolved to issue this press statement urging all party organs, party officers and party members to remain calm, faithful and orderly, as we proceed with urgent consultations and initiatives to resolve the contending issues.
“We wish to firmly reassure aggrieved stakeholders that we intend to be thorough, objective, creative, and balanced in our efforts to find lasting solutions to the fundamental matters arising.
“Towards this end, we have initiated moves to urgently meet with our governors, the Board of Trustees, the National Working Committee and other critical stakeholders.
“Since we all share the legitimate desires of our loyal members to offer a credible, effective and productive alternative, we have no doubt that we shall soon find positive, appropriate, pragmatic and lasting solutions to the problems facing the party.
“We shall emerge from this crisis stronger, better, and more united. This is only a temporary challenge,” the statement read in part.
The elders assured party members and supporters that the main opposition party in the country would overcome its challenges and provide leadership qualities for Nigerians.
“We assure all Nigerians that the PDP is resolute in providing qualitative leadership, sound programs, effective implementation strategies and hope generating solutions to our national problems.
“On behalf of the elders and founding fathers of the PDP, we wish to use this medium to thank all party members and supporters across Nigeria and in diaspora for their commitment, loyalty and strong support,” the statement concluded.