A Coalition of People’s Democratic Party Coalition (PDPCo), has challenges the party leaders across to the country to placate the aggrieved members over outcome of its presidential primary.
According to PDPCo if the call is heeded to, it may truncate the plan of the political party to take over power in 2023.
The group also stated that the appeal was necessary as some of the strong party loyalists are still angered by the choice of Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State as the running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming presidential election.
Dr. Emeka Kalu, the National Coordinator, PDP Coalition in a statement to journalists said that the current situation called for PDP family to as a matter of urgency delegate respected stakeholders in the party to meet with the aggrieved members, especially Gov. Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers.
The PDPCo observed that since the formation of the political party in 1998, Wike had been in the forefront working to solidify and galvanise the party to a certain height of greatness.
He stated that the decision of the party to pick Okowa ahead of Wike was a rude shock to many of the party faithful.
He added: “This does not mean we dislike Governor Okowa, but things are made to be technically handled especially in this critical time other political parties are assembling efforts to form a third force in preparation for 2023 polls.
“2023 general election is fast approaching and PDP must not allow herself as a united entity to encounter any internal crisis capable of destabilising it. In this regard, all party members must be carried along to avoid the risks of losing elections in 2023.
It is evident from all these piles of drawbacks that PDP is sitting on a tempting time bomb, which if not professionally addressed, may likely hamper her chances in the next year general elections.
“PDP Coalition hereby calls on the official PDP to immediately resolve this confronting loggerheads trying to destabilise the party. In party politics, unity is a force of action that moves mountains of victory.”
The group charged Atiku in conjunction with major stakeholders of the party to constitute a conflict resolution and reconciliation committee where all aggrieved members including those who felt they were not fairly treated during primaries in all the elective positions for pacification.
The group warned that except the party addresses all the challenges confronting it, it may once again lose the presidency, stressing that the outcome of the Ekiti State Governorship election where the party emerged third was enough warning signal to its leadership.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.