BEVERLY HILLS, CA, November 26, (THEWILL) – The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said it is not worried by the news of the defection of the Group of seven PDP governors (G7) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), describing the development as good riddance to those it described as detractors.
A statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said by their open declaration, they have unveiled their true intent which most Nigerians suspected ab initio.
It maintained that PDP remains an indivisible entity with no faction, saying President Goodluck Jonathan will still meet aggrieved members on Sunday.
“The attention of the National Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to an announcement by members of the so called New PDP declaring their membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). We recognise the rights of freedom of association for all Nigerians and declare that it is within the rights of any Nigerian citizen to associate with anybody he/she deems fit.
“By this open declaration today, those individuals have unveiled their true intent which most Nigerians suspected ab initio. They have chosen to abandon a broad based national platform and embraced a narrow group of ethnic and religious bigots whose main intention is to unleash a state of anarchy on Nigeria.
“We wish to state categorically that the PDP remains unperturbed as we are now rid of detractors and distractions. We urge all our members nationwide to remain focused and close ranks, now that agents of distraction have finally left our ranks.
“We wish to remind our members that from the rulings of the court there are no factions whatsoever in the PDP. In the eyes of the law, the PDP remains one and an indivisible entity under the leadership of Alh. Dr. Bamanga Tukur, CON.
“We wish to commend the wise decision of some of the aggrieved Governors to dissociate themselves from the action of some of their colleagues. We assure all Nigerians that the PDP will continue to grow from strength to strength and will definitely emerge stronger from this event.
“We reiterate that the position of the law is very clear that there is no factions whatsoever in the PDP. We wish to use this opportunity to remind all PDP members that the peace process initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan is still on course and we wish to thank him for his patience, humility and spirit of accommodation.
“The meeting between the President and aggrieved members shall hold on Sunday, December 01, 2013.
“Finally, we wish to reassure our teeming members that our doors remain open to address all grievances. We shall however not condone any acts of internal subversion from any quarters.
“The beauty of democracy is that in a political party system, some members are bound to leave while others come in,” the party said.