PDP Not Factionalised, Says Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu-MakarfiThere is no faction in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, only “contending interests”, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu yesterday asserted.
Ekweremadu spoke against the backdrop of parallel conventions held by members of the PDP at the weekend.
While the national convention of the party earlier scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was reportedly cancelled by deposed national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, another one organized by Concerned Stakeholders led by Prof. Jerry Gana, took place in Abuja.
Speaking on arrival from Port Harcourt at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday, the deputy Senate president, who attended the national convention in Rivers State, explained that what is currently playing out in the main opposition party was “normal in any political family”.
Flanked by the caretaker national chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Mr. Ekweremadu told reporters that: “For the purpose of clarification, there are no factions within the PDP family as I speak. What we have are contending interests. Such is common in any party. Yes, there were some disagreements, but the good thing is that we have not allowed such disagreements to degenerate into a major crisis that would warrant factions.
“Instead, what happened in Port-Harcourt at the weekend further confirms PDP’s capacity to resolve issues in favour of laid down precepts and in the overall interest of our great party and nation.
“I am sure what happened in Port-Harcourt remains a disappointment for those who were expectant of major crisis and factions in the PDP because we emerged from the convention more determined to change the change, to save our economy, reposition the electoral process, and make life more bearable for the suffering masses of Nigeria again”.


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