Senate President, David Mark, has warned the members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who have been fighting and trading blames since the party’s loss to drop their differences soon or else the party could collapse.
He said this on Wednesday when he was visited in his office by the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who heads the PDP post-election assessment committee which was inaugurated yesterday.
According to a statement released by his chief press secretary, Paul Mumeh, the Senate president warned that unless the severe in-fighting in the PDP is put to an immediate end, the party may be heading for final destruction.
Mark expressed worry over the continued acrimony between factions in the party and frowned at a situation where “the PDP is already hemorrhaging.”
The statement quoted Mark to have warned that “unless we halt the bleeding and find the necessary therapy, we may be heading for the final burial of the party.”
“The party (PDP) is already comatose and we should do all we can to resuscitate the party rather than this unnecessary rancor and bulk passing.
“The emerging factions (in PDP) are absolutely unnecessary. The combatants must sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue. My appeal is that we should not do anything further that would damage the already fragmented house.
“Everybody should come together and rebuild the party. We have gotten enough bruises. We need not inflict further pains on ourselves, with continuous bickering.
“Enough of this blame-game. We should return to the drawing board and need not wash our dirty linen in the public, anymore.
“I believe a useful lesson has been learnt from the PDP electoral misfortune. As for me, it is time to put on our thinking caps and chart a new course.
“I trust Senator Ekweremadu that he and his team will do a good job and unearth the remote and immediate causes of our misfortune and make recommendations that will enhance the future of the party.
“I have worked closely with the Deputy President of the Senate over the years and I know his capability and capacity to handle issues.”
He urged PDP stakeholders to rise above the present circumstances and work hard to rejuvenate the party.
He said the new status of the party as an opposition is a challenge which “we must face with all honesty, sincerity of purpose and dedication to duty.”