Alhaji Adamu Muazu.
National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has appealed to party members, stakeholders and in particular Gov Ago Fayose of Ekiti to rest all misunderstandings and work towards the sinking party’s stability and survival.
Making the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday,Mu’ azu tasked PDP members across the country to put the disappointment which its defeat at the just-concluded elections may have caused them and the party behind.
He said that though the party’s defeat was painful, ‘’members should key into the intervention by President Goodluck Jonathan and not allow the situation to further divide it’’,assuring that the party`s national leadership had noted the various reactions that trailed its unfortunate loss in the elections.
He remarked that a section of the media had, in the last few weeks, been feasting on such reactions, ‘’blowing it out of proportion’’.
“As the National Chairman and a key stakeholder in this party in the last 16 years,
“I quite understand and appreciate the concern, pain and frustrations of our members regarding our defeat and also deeply worried about the division the development has generated within the PDP family, especially regarding whether or not the national leadership should be dissolved as a direct consequence of our collective challenge.”
“In the course of events, there have been reactions and counter-reactions among party members; mistakes have been made, with some avoidable,but please permit me to plead honestly that this is the time to put all of them behind us and move ahead as our party and its interest remain paramount and overriding,” he stated.
“Expectedly, our party has had a share of media bashing and misrepresentations, most especially in the social media, ,which no doubt contributed immensely to the misunderstanding we are facing in our fold as at today,’’ he lamented..
“I very much appreciate the reactions of some of our members like Gov. Ayo Fayose, whose victory in Ekiti in June 2014, helped to strengthen our party, particularly in the South-West region but
nevertheless, in the larger interest of our party, we all must resolve to bury the hatchet and pick our pieces to rebuild the party and return it to its winning ways,’’ Mu’azu declared.
He said that in the wisdom of the party`s leadership, a Post-Election Assessment Committee headed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, had been set up.
He said that it was, therefore, necessary for all to support the committee with meaningful report that would provide answers to the challenges and roadmap for the party`s future.
He pointed out that his recent absence from the country had led to some apprehensions within the party, resulting in various public interpretations.
He said that his trip outside the country most recently was for health reasons but disclosed that he had started responding to care and would return to the country soon.
‘’Please allow me to state unequivocally that because PDP still remains the largest party in the country, our setback will not drown us as all that we need now more than ever before is to unite as therein lies our strength as a family to reposition in order to regain power in 2019 ,he submitted.