Defection: Aggrieved Governors Disappointed Me – Anenih

FROM LEFT: FORMER MILITARY PRESIDENT, GEN. IBRAHIM BABANGIDA; CHAIRMAN, PDP BOARD OF TRUSTEES (BoT), CHIEF TONY ANENIH AND FORMER PRESIDENT, CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, AFTER A MEETING OF THE BoT WITH PDP FACTION LEADERS IN ABUJA (NAN)
FROM LEFT: FORMER MILITARY PRESIDENT, GEN. IBRAHIM BABANGIDA; CHAIRMAN, PDP BOARD OF TRUSTEES (BoT), CHIEF TONY ANENIH AND FORMER PRESIDENT, CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, AFTER A MEETING OF PDP ELDERS WITH THE ABUBAKAR KAWU BARAJE FACTION IN ABUJA (NAN)

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”.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The PDP no doubt is the biggest party in Africa and challenges are necessary hurdles that leads to glory. A good opposition is necessary to create checks and balances. However I have great doubts that the APC as it stands today will save the day.
    The APC must go back and first put their house in order. The wind would some begin to blow and above all others, the diversity of interest will scatter them. They must first care for the log of wood in their eyes to see clearly the present challenges of the PDP which are half solved with defection.
    on the other hand, the PDP must hold their public office holders accountable in order to enjoy the confidence and legitimacy the party needs. The major solution to corruption is accountability and discipline in the hierarchies of leadership.
    I appreciate the challenges of our Government and many who condemn my country have no clue as to what political power means.
    I believe in Nigeria.

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