Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday, described the defection of five out of the seven aggrieved governors of PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, as sad and urged members of the party not to be moved or disturbed by it.
He made this known while fielding questions from reporters in Abuja.
Chief Anenih expressed satisfaction that the party leadership, President Goodluck Jonathan, former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, former National Chairmen, Barnabas Gemade and Ahmadu Ali as well as himself had “invested enough energy, commitment, maturity and sincerity in the collective effort at reconciliation.
“I had expected the governors to stay on in the party, which has offered them a unique opportunity to serve their people.
“Surprisingly, they decided to abandon their home and platform to take up tenancy in an opposition party even when it was apparent that the effort of Mr. President for genuine reconciliation was enough for them to see good reason to show restraint and understanding. However, as adults, the final decision was and remains theirs.
“I would like to urge our party members and sympathizers not to be disturbed by the exit of some of our governors but to continue to mobilize grassroots support for our party, Mr. President, and his Transformation Agenda”.
The PDP BoT chairman noted that the party was big and strong enough to bounce back, as it had always done, in the face of such challenges.
He urged party faithful to be “rest assured” that, on its part, the party at the national level would strive relentlessly to continue to provide focused leadership as well as “keep your hopes and aspirations alive especially at this time and in the months leading to the crucial 2015 general elections”.
Chief Anenih also looked at the bright side as he said, “What looks like a setback, in politics, can turn out to be a blessing in disguise”.