The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has called on members across the country to remain united to ensure the party’s success at all times.
He made the call yesterday in Abuja during an expanded meeting of the PDP Board of Trustees and the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
Ayu noted that “With unity, everything is possible,” told the PDP leaders at the meeting. “I call on every member of this party to forget their differences. If there are differences, we must settle such differences in-house.
“No party member should attack another party member. If there are any issues, we have different party organs to resolve party differences … because such distraction must not be allowed to continue.”
His comment follows the rift between the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, had said members who defected from the APC to the PDP in Edo were not happy and did not feel accepted. He added that Nigeria needs a vital democratic institution and not strong men, stressing that the need should position itself to reclaim power at the center in 2023.
Governor Obaseki recently took a swipe at Governor Wike over his reaction to comments. However, in his response, Governor Wike had blasted Obaseki, saying his comments were a rant. He added that governance was about feeling and touching and not a memorandum of understanding.
Meanwhile, the national chairman has stressed the need for party leaders and members to settle their differences ahead of the coming race.
“The (National Working Committee) NWC under my leadership is calling on all our leaders and members of the party, not just in Ekiti and Osun States, but all over the country to join us in fighting for those elections because they are winnable if we put aside our differences and make sure we work as a team.”
“It is essential that we unify the party. By unifying the party, we will win elections in the state chapters. By winning elections in the state chapters, collectively, we will be able to put those votes together, and we will din the next presidential election.
“Nigerians believe that only this party will come to power and restore the glory of Nigeria , and it is on this note that I am calling on every single member of the PDP family to put their differences aside. We are not out to fight against ourselves; our goal is to unite the party, go out as we used to do, win elections as we used to ” he said