The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, says the party remains one big family committed to reconciliation, internal democracy and return to power in future elections.
Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, said that the PDP had since revved its internal conflict resolution mechanisms and consultations in that direction.
According to him, the move is yielding tremendously positive results.
He urged Nigerians not to despair, as PDP had repositioned to provide direction and return the nation to the path of unity and prosperity.
Ologbondiyan said that the party had noticed the feverish moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to create disaffection among PDP members, distract the party, and divert the attention of Nigerians from its failures.
He accused APC of trying to plant seeds of discord within the ranks of PDP members in the South West, particularly on issues relating to the outcome of the party’s National Convention.
The spokesman said that the people of the South West would not allow themselves to be deceived by the “APC propaganda machine”.
“The South West leaders who contested for the PDP National Chairmanship position are all men of quality and credibility.
“The fallout of the convention cannot, in any way, diminish their standing as core nationalists and statesmen whose interests, particularly in the PDP, and the nation, are not driven by personal or ethnic considerations.
“What essentially drives the individual and collective aspirations of the Southwest leaders in the PDP remains in tandem with the vision of other leaders of our party across the country,” he said.
The vision, according to him, is to rescue the nation from the administration of the APC, with its attendant economic hardship.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Ologbondiyan said the APC’s attempt to plant seeds of discord among PDP members in the South West merely betrays the party’s fears of losing control of the region.
He said that the South West was too sophisticated to be distracted or deceived by propaganda and cheap resort to ethnic politics.
“The Southwest will not fail to join other despairing Nigerians in voting out the APC in the 2019 election,” he said.