By Christopher Isiguzo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) southeast zone has passed a vote of implicit confidence on the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, describing last Saturday’s split of PDP as regrettable.
In a statement issued by the party in Enugu yesterday and signed by the National Vice Chairman of the party Southeast Zone, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), the party requested all aggrieved members to sheath their swords and work for a united PDP that will always deliver the mandate of the people.
The statement reads:" PDP Southeast Zone hereby places its implicit and unreserved vote of confidence on the leadership of the Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan-led Federal Government and the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led PDP.’
"We regret the incident of our Special Convention last Saturday at the Eagles Square, Abuja where some of our members staged a workout and wish to advise those aggrieved members to yield themselves to the on-going re-conciliatory measures for an amicable resolution of the standoff.
"PDP as a large family is bound to have some altercations because of the different shades of opinions and interests. However, the ability to resolve the crisis as swiftly as it arises is what makes a party a truly national one.
"The PDP as a democratic organization maintains internal democracy and also gives room for resolution of grievances whose scope has been raised to the highest pedestal of party politics to
accommodate elders and critical Stakeholders in the PDP since last Saturday," Akobundu noted.
The party therefore appealed to the factional national chairman of the party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, and his secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the aggrieved governors to play the role of statesmen by accepting dialogue.