Senate President David Mark has raised the alarm that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be heading for a final destruction if the infighting among its leaders was not immediately resolved.
Mark, who stated this while receiving the Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s PDP Post – election assessment committee, in his office said the continued acrimony between factions in the party, was dangerous.
“The PDP is already haemorrhaging; unless we halt the bleeding and find the necessary therapy, we may be heading for the final burial of the party.
“The party is already in a comatose status and we should do all we can to resuscitate the party rather than this unnecessary rancour and buck passing.
“The emerging factions are absolutely unnecessary. The combatants must sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue.
“My appeal is that we should not do anything further that would damage the already fragmented house.
“Everybody should come together and rebuild the party. We have gotten enough bruises. We need not inflict further pains on ourselves, with continuous bickering. Enough of this blame-game.”
Mark urged members of the party to return to the drawing board instead of washing their dirty linens in the public.
He said, “I believe a useful lesson has been learnt from the PDP’s electoral misfortune. As for me, it is time to put on our thinking caps and chart a new course.”
He expressed confidence that Ekweremadu and his team will do a good job and address the remote and immediate causes of our misfortune and make recommendations that will enhance the future of the party.
“I have worked closely with the Deputy President of the Senate over the years and I know his capability and capacity to handle issues,” he added.
Mark called on all stakeholders to rise above the present circumstance and work hard to rejuvenate the party.
He said the new status of the party as opposition is a challenge which must be faced with all honesty, sincerity of purpose and dedication to duty.
He said democracy and the nation would be much better if the party plays the role of providing credible opposition to ensure good governance and the delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it has overcome the trauma of defeat by the opposition All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, commended its leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, for the mature and timely intervention in ending the bickering among leaders of the party as a result of the outcome of the 2015 general elections.
He said the National Working Committee would absolutely abide by Jonathan’s counsel, adding that the party had instructed all the executive members of the party at all levels to comply accordingly.
“The leadership of the PDP regrets any embarrassment the avoidable skirmishes may have caused the members of our great party, especially our founding fathers and teeming supporters across the country.
“We are aware that this unfortunate development is a consequence of post election trauma arising from our first ever defeat. We however note with relief that we have now overcome this challenge.”
According to him, the National Working Committee has begun the re-engineering process with the inauguration of the Post-Election Review Committee.
“We therefore urge all our members to ensure that they henceforth guard their utterances and actions no matter the provocation and distortions in some section of the media while channeling their energies and ideas toward the rebuilding process.“In this regard, all members who have reports, grievances and suggestions on the way forward should transmit same to the Post-Election Review Committee for an all inclusive road map in the overall effort to regain power in 2019.”