Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, has described as ‘embarrassing’ the current leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) where two of the party’s members – Jonah Jang of Plateau State and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, are laying claim to the Chairmanship position.
Anenih, speaking at a family dinner for PDP leaders at the Presidential Villa on Thursday night said: “I am sure we all realize how important unity is to the development of our great party. If we want to continue to enjoy the solid support of Nigerians, we must show to them that we are deserving of their support.
“We cannot afford to continue to act unruly, create unnecessary tension in the party with the consequence of heating up the polity, and expect Nigerians to applaud us. Nigerians can only be encouraged to identify with us, if the promotion of harmony, cohesion and development of the party and our nation is topmost on our agenda.
“As party leaders, we must collectively commit ourselves, more than ever, to work selflessly and tirelessly, so as to reposition the party. We must seek to promote unity and enforce discipline.
“Consider the case of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum where there are now two chairmen, both members of the PDP.
“This is an embarrassing situation which must be urgently addressed. The supremacy of the party must be recognized and enforced. The leadership of the party will not tolerate a situation where it will preside over a divided house.
“If we expect the PDP house to stand the test of time, to withstand and overcome the storms and crises being fuelled by the opposition parties, we must be united, focused, decisive and dedicated to a common cause.
“We need a strong party. If the party is strong; if there is discipline and if there is reward for hard work and loyalty in the party, our government will be stronger and will not be easily distracted” he stated.