Action Of Seven PDP Governors Cause For Serious Concern – Suswam •Insists Party’ll Come Out Stronger

AMAECHI-NORTHERN-GOVGovernor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state has declared that the ongoing face-off threatening to consume the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will soon come to an end.

He gave the assurance in an interaction with reporters in Makurdi, the state capital on Wednesday.

Suswam, a staunch supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP, noted that that the action of the seven aggrieved governors, who staged a walk-out during the party’s mini-convention to form their own faction, was an indication that they want solutions to the problems in the PDP.

According to the governor, “I am conversant with the issue that led to where we are today as a party. But let me hasten to say that, this kind of crisis in the PDP is not happening for the first time.

“You would recall that during the time of Chief Solomon Lar, there was a factional PDP which led to the setting up of a parallel office. The party was able to come together and resolve that crisis. Also, during the period of Chief Gemade, there were crises at the highest level.

”Of course, you know what happened during Chief Audu Ogbe’s era and also during the 2003 primaries of the party. So, these issues within the PDP, as a big party have been reoccurring. The present crisis has assumed a different dimension and magnitude. The governors who are agitating for a change in leadership have insisted that the leadership of the party must be changed.

“We went into the convention and all the PDP delegates were there, but then, as we were told, the governor of Adamawa and his delegates had no accreditation to come in.

”The five other governors who as you know have been going around together insisted that he must be allowed to come in since the delegates that were supposed to do the election were the ones that were elected in 2012.

“When that was not possible, they went out and then went to a different venue to declare a faction of the party. I think that the reason why people engage in that high level agitation is that they want the problem solved.

“They would have simply said they were going to another party, but they said it is a faction of the party and they are insisting that their own is the actual party.

”So, I think it is a crisis still within the family. It hasn’t gotten out of control. It is not a crisis that is out of hand.

“But, it must have to be taken seriously because when you have seven states out of 23 saying that they are pulling out to create a faction, it must be taken seriously, but I want to assure you that this crisis will be sorted out and PDP will come out of it a stronger party.”


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