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Obasanjo leads efforts to resolve PDP ‘family dispute’  print

Published on September 6, 2013 by   ·   9 Comments

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, described the crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party as a ‘family dispute’, which will be resolved soon.

According to him, a committee of party elders are making efforts to forge peace.

Obasanjo spoke At a news conference in Abuja after an eight-hour meeting held between the elders and representatives of the two factions of the party.

The PDP, that used to regard itself as Africa’s biggest party found itself split down the middle on 31 August, the day of a special convention. A powerful rebel group stormed out the convention in Abuja to set up a parallel party organ, that it calls the New PDP, with the two factions now engaged in various legal battles to gain legitimacy.

“The crisis brought all of us together to prevent the party from going to the brink, ’’ Obasanjo said. “Five selected elders of the party have taken it upon themselves to prevent the worst from happening to the party.Two of us, Chief Alex Ekwueme and Chief Solomon Lar are abroad, but whatever we do, we carry them along and relay back to them.’’

Obasanjo said the elders had listened to the two factions.

Babangida, Obasanjo, Anenih at the conference today

Babangida, Obasanjo, Anenih at the conference today

The meeting was attended by former Head of State, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih and a former Chairman of the party Chief Ahmadu Ali.

Also present at the meeting were governors; Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Idris Wada, (Kogi), Seriake Dickson, (Bayelsa), Ibrahim Shema, (Kastina) and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi.

The new PDP was reprented by governors Aliyu Wamakko, (Sokoto), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and former governor of Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Senator Bukola Saraki and chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje.

Others present were Senator Danjuma Goje and Chief Barnabas Gemade, who was a former party National Chairman.

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9 Comments for “Obasanjo leads efforts to resolve PDP ‘family dispute’”

  1. onyinye

    Give peace a chance guys

  2. And what is the level of agreement between the two parties?

  3. uSo

    Nigeria is in dire need of a good leader. No matter the peace accord…..corrupt criminals are still in power. Their personal gains comes first before the Nation.

    Check: http://usaveone.blogspot.com

  4. Nkpokorootu

    Why can’t we just send this bunch of idiots out of our life forever?

  5. MALLAM SHEHU

    MAY ALLAH SAVE NIGERIA AND CONTINUE TO PUT CONFUSSING IN THEIR MIDST.

  6. MALLAM SHEHU

    MAY ALLAH SAVE NIGERIA AND CONTINUE TO PUT CONFUSSION IN THEIR MIDST.

  7. Olugarry

    Allah has in his infinite mercy decided to save Nigeria masses from PDPs fang of death. OBJ himself said Nigeria is jinxed and cursed but only because the PDP which is full of selfish and greedy politicians cornered the resources of the country for themselves and their cronies. For 14 years that PDP has been in power the Country has no tangible evidence of development. Only confusion and unbridled corruption. The hour of reckoning is here. No evil done to Nigeria and its people will go unpunished.

  8. philip from ebonyi state university, abakaliki.

    yes, let another party be in ruling position for different dimension.

  9. Thank God for OBJ for being alive till today cos Yoruba only partake in local politics.Please don’t get me wrong cos i’m not a politician but how many yorubas are on top of the line like OBJ.

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