He, however, dismissed the insinuation of imminent implosion in the ruling party.
He also reiterated the party’s position that it had not been notified of the verdict of the Court of Appeal which ordered the reinstatement of its sacked National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
“There is a judgment? I tell you that till today I have not seen a copy of the judgment” he stressed just as he withheld further comments on the issue as he stated that he would refrain from being held liable for contempt of court.
The PDP chairman spoke on Saturday, in Lagos, at a reception organized by the South West zonal chapter of PDP and the World Peace Foundation in recognition of his conferment with the 2013 African man of the year award by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in United States of America in September 2013.
He said “It is my prayer that the unity of purpose being exhibited here today would translate into political unity for the success of our party in the South-West in the coming elections,” he added.
According to him, “The problem our party is passing through is a blessing in disguise; we have to thank God that it is now a thing of the past, notwithstanding the exaggeration that the press is giving what ordinarily is a family feud.”
He argued that differences of the nature the PDP had witnessed in recent times were not unexpected in a party as big as the PDP which main focus is democracy.
Said he, “Each and every member of our great party is given freedom of expression; we dialogue and discuss freely, in the process we disagree, and this we all resolve amicably.
“You will recall that almost all our members who left the party usually came back, because it is the only party in the country that allows freedom of expression and dialogue rather than operate a formal system, like others where directives are given for compulsory implementation by other leaders and members. God forbid that!
“Our party says election not selection; our party says consensus not imposition”.