The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Board of Trustees, BoT, Chairman, Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin, has attributed the crisis bedeviling the party to both internal and external forces.
He said that the party was taking necessary measures to resolve the crisis, adding that steps were ongoing to restore the party’s glory through a genuine reconciliation and mediation that will make the party come out stronger to win all elections and take over power in 2019.
According to Jibrin, “All the happenings were internal democracy and it is bound to happen, challenges are coming from both internal and external forces and are bound to happen.
“We are engaging in genuine reconciliation and mediation that will make us come out stronger to win Edo, Ondo governorship polls, re-run in Rivers state and capture power in 2019.”
Jibrin, who stated this while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, also disclosed that the National Convention of the party would still go ahead as scheduled based on the party’s constitution and guidelines.
“We are yet to see any judgment suspending the National convention, whichever way, if we decide to appeal and we are given accelerated hearing, nothing will stop the convention.
“We will get the judgment copy and study it and thereafter take necessary actions, but whoever is out to destroy our efforts, particularly the Edo primaries, God will not forgive such person because we have all the INEC documents authenticating the Edo primaries,” he said.
In view of this, he called on those having any court cases to withdraw such case(s) in the interest of the party, stressing that court cases was not a good omen for the party.
He also called on members to remain calm and law abiding and shun personal attacks on individuals.
“We have observed that interest purported to be shown by some people who are committed to killing PDP, we will X-ray the situation because we are opposition party dealing with issues that will help Nigeria rather than abusing individuals.
“The BoT is up to the task to resolve the problems after due consultation, God will not allow anybody to be used to destroy the party.”
He averred that a true party man knows that the decision of the party was supreme, appealing that a true party chieftain should not allow selfish and personal interest override his or her sense of judgment.
”The ruling of Federal High Court, Abuja came to us as a shock but we are calling on our party members not to be discouraged as the party is taking necessary steps to resolve the problem, restore the glory and carry on with the National convention as planned,” he explained.
The BoT chairman also called on politicians to practice politics with caution, adding that politics is not madness and should not be practiced as such.