By Laleye Dipo in Minna
Former Niger State Governor and member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, has given the assurance that the current leadership crisis rocking the party will soon be over because the reconciliation moves by the elders of the party “is beginning to yield result.”
Kure made this known in Minna yesterday when PDP elders and stakeholders from Niger North senatorial zone of the state led by the former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Achituwo, and the party governorship aspirant in the 2015 election in the state, Alhaji Hannafi Sudan, paid him a courtesy visit.
He said his optimism arose from the fact that already, members of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction have agreed to embrace peace in the overall interest of the party.
Kure also believed that at the end of the day, the “party will come out of the current crisis stronger and better,” saying all the elders of the party have agreed to “avoid the type of crisis that led to it loss in the 2015 general election.
“PDP will soon take its rightful place in the politics of the country,” he said.
He told the PDP members from the zone that the party had a lot of lesson to learn from the experience of 2015 election where “PDP defeated PDP” and gave birth to the current change which has put Nigeria in what he described as “its worst economic situation in the 56 years of the country’s existence.”
According to him, “All the PDP members who left the party and ensured the party lost the 2015 general election are not comfortable where they are today. They are not finding things easy at the moment.”
The former governor argued that everything the PDP was accused of doing in the past “is exactly what is happening today and even worse,” adding that “they said PDP postponed election to rig, today we saw election being postponed and rigged.”
The PDP BoT member said the current crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is worse than that of PDP, saying the APC now has five factions and groups.
“If they said PDP is a dying party, I think APC is already dead before 2019.
“Today, we have in the APC, Tinubu faction, Amaechi faction, Atiku faction, Bukola Saraki faction and the rest of them. But we in PDP have just one faction and we have already overcome it. We will now wait and see how they will overcome their factional problems.”
Kure pointed out that what the party needed as 2019 approaches, “is unity and understanding among all the party members.”
The delegation urged the PDP BoT member to support the zoning of the governorship of the state to the zone come 2019.