In the midst of finding a lasting solution to the current crisis rocking Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by its leaders, Comrade Abba Moro who headed the ministry of interior during the past Goodluck Jonathan administration stated that, allocating offices to certain regions of the country led to the apparent factionalisation of the PDP.
The former minister who spoke to journalist on Friday, June 3 from Otukpo, Benue state, maintained that the PDP in still intact, despite its current travails, whereby a different faction emerged at Abuja despite the fact that a national convention was said to be taking place at Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state on the same day.
Former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro
The Benue state born politician who spoke extensively on the crisis rocking his party said, “there is no split in the PDP, we only had a group of concerned members of the PDP who felt that certain issues needed to be addressed particularly the selection of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as acting chairman of the party.
“At the right time stakeholders and founding members of the party will come together to resolve whatever differences that exists and the party will forge ahead to provide the alternative platform that Nigerians yearn for.
“I must hasten to say that the fallout of the Port Harcourt convention is the fact that before the convention, members of the party could not reconcile their various differences and that is the reason that a full blown convention culminating in the election of the party’s leadership didn’t take place.
“That is why the caretaker committee has now been put in place to address all the problems that were thrown up in the run off to the convention and to organize a more acceptable, more legitimate and legally binding convention that will elect the leadership of the party.
“So it s my take in the circumstances that the issue of the zoning of party offices in the political zones of the country will form a very vital agenda and consideration of the committee and the consultations that it will undertake. “I want to belief that if we must have an enduring resolution of all the contending issues, the issue of zoning must be properly considered and addressed. It was apparent that the issue of zoning was responsible for the split in the rank and file of the party in the first place.”
As a result of the fallout of the PDP crisis, major PDP stakeholders pledge their loyalty to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee constituted in Port Harcourt, despite Senator Ali Modu Sheriff laying claim to the national chairmanship position of the party.