President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that the current political impasse in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will soon become history as efforts are being intensified by elders to resolve it.
Jonathan gave the assurance at a post convention dinner of the party held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential villa on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and some governors staged a walkout at the Special PDP Convention held on August 31 in Abuja.
They later announced the formation of a new PDP during a news conference at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
Jonathan, however, described the walkout of the aggrieved PDP members as a “minor disagreement.”
“Everybody knows what happened on Saturday. In families we disagree. These are minor disagreements that can be resolved.’’
He, therefore, called on the dissenting party members to embrace dialogue as “no other party can face PDP.”
According to him, without PDP, there will be no democracy in Nigeria.
“The party is intact and will remain intact. We will continue to show leadership and do everything possible to ensure that the party grows stronger.
“We will do our best to keep PDP one and Nigeria one,” he said.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, called on those interested in contesting for elective posts in 2015 general elections to declare their intention.
He said the call had become necessary in view of the need for the party apparatus to prepare adequately for the exercise.
“We must be ready for the journey. By the end of September we would not be able to tell anybody that the time is not right; we will be able to tell them where we are going through.
“It is good that we tell our people where we are going and how the journey will be like,” he said.