The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is actively working to reconcile the Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.
The party determined to restore harmony is focusing on bringing unity between the two leaders to promote effective governance.
Despite speculation about Wike's possible entry into the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP remains hopeful of resolving the internal conflict.
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement, expressed confidence that the party can successfully tackle the political crisis in Rivers State.
He said: “River people have supported us over the years. What is needed is peace and tranquility so that they can begin to enjoy the benefits of the benefits of democracy. This has been our thought and there are underlying movements when it comes to reaching parties.
“We can prioritize our consideration, our interest in the people, because that is the whole essence of why we are here and that is why they voted for us. That is our focus for now as a party, to ensure that peace and understanding comes in, and in that regard we are doing well.
“The emphasis is on reconciling all the different interests and gladiators so that they will recognize the need to put the people first, and when they put the people first, other things will come second come.”
He argued that he had to assume that the party could not reconcile the governor with his former mentor; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will suggest that the attempt will be a failure, claiming that in the PDP “we don't do that. We are very positive in our party.”
He also said that whether the PDP can bring them together is tantamount to already indicting the former ruling party or saying it is incapable, which he said will be very wrong “because the challenge to the capacity of any manager of any party to those areas of conflict and try to resolve them, and Rivers State is no exception.”
The PDP spokesperson stated that regardless of the differences between Fubara and Wike, there is always room to speak, while noting that “even in war, there is no conflict where people do not speak.”
“So don't ask me whether we can resolve the conflict or whether the party can achieve results. Yes, Rivers is a bad case, but we will keep trying because it is a work in progress and there are human interests involved, it needs a process. If you don't like it because it might not happen fast enough, then what you do in a democracy is consultation, what you do is reach out, and that takes time to mature.”
He, however, refused to reveal whether the PDP has yet contacted Wike, saying: “I am not going to discuss the internal process of the party with you. We have our processes and they are activated and we ensure progress.
“We as a party believe in the reconciliation of people so that they know that this is beyond special interest and it is about the people of Rivers State. That is the emphasis and we will do everything in that regard to ensure that all gladiators in Rivers State come together, not only for themselves and for the party, but for the people they serve.”
Ologunagba asserted that the PDP is well enough organized to resolve the Rivers issue, adding that all party organs have been activated including the PDP Governors Forum, National Working Committee (NWC), members of the National Executive Committee (NEC ) and the Board. of the Trustees (BoT) members he revealed are all now involved.
The PDP national spokesperson stressed the need for the opposition to unite to provide a strong check to the excesses of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) whom he accused of creeping totalitarianism into the country.
Citing the recent appointment of suspected APC members to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he said it will take a virile opposition to arrest the drift towards totalitarianism in the interest of the Nigerian people.
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