The Peoples Democratic Party suffered greatly in the recently concluded general elections and the party is still reeling from the loss with an internal battle currently ongoing between those who feel the leadership of the party should resign and those who think they should be allowed to remain till their tenure expires next year.
The national leadership is however doing its best to act like all is well within its ranks and that whatever differences they have are now resolved.
Today in Abuja, Metuh showered praises on President Goodluck Jonathan, who he said has intervened in the crisis within the party in a mature and timely way.
He said that the bickering among leaders of the party as a result of the outcome of the 2015 general elections is over as the president has called for a ceasefire.
It remains to be seen if those who have actually been leading the opposition against the PDP leadership are ready to sheathe their swords irrespective of Pres. Jonathan’s intervention.
Even when Pres. Jonathan was not a lame-duck president, his interventions have been defied within the party in the past. The most famous incident was the disagreement which led to the decamping of 5 PDP governors In 2013.
Only yesterday Gov Ayo Fayose of Ekiti insisted that he stands by his call for chairman Adamu Muazu to resign and has no apologies for it.
However the party’s leadership is holding on to Pres. Jonathan’s intervention and speaking about moving on.
Metuh said: “The leadership of the PDP regrets any embarrassment the avoidable skirmishes may have caused the members of our great party, especially our founding fathers and teeming supporters across the country.
“We are aware that this unfortunate development is a consequence of post election trauma arising from our first ever defeat. We however note with relief that we have now overcome this challenge.”
According to him, the National Working Committee has begun the reengineering process with the inauguration of the Post-Election Review Committee.
He stated, “We therefore urge all our members to ensure that they henceforth guard their utterances and actions no matter the provocation and distortions in some section of the media while channeling their energies and ideas toward the rebuilding process.
“In this regard, all members who have reports, grievances and suggestions on the way forward should transmit same to the Post-Election Review Committee for an all inclusive road map in the overall effort to regain power in 2019.
“Our members should be wary of the activities of some mischievous persons within and outside the PDP family, who are bent on frustrating this peace effort. Such individuals and groups have found the social media a veritable tool for their mischief through distortion of facts, false allegations and fabrications against our party,” the statement said.
The party therefore urged all members to join forces to ensure that the core values and the vision of the founding fathers were sustained.
It also directed all organs of the party to focus only on party administration in a manner that rekindled zeal and commitment among members and supporters at all levels.