By Dapo Akinrefon
A group, Adada Me-dia Forum, AMF, has urged members of the crisis-ridden Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of the state.
The group said the crisis was already taking its toll on the administration of the state and ought to be resolved.
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Malachy Agbo, the group noted that the resources and energy being expended on the crisis could be effectively invested in the development of the state.
It argued that the state could hardly make meaningful progress under a crisis situation, just as it urged both the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, and Governor Sullivan Chime to close ranks and move the state forward rather than dissipate their energies in fighting a war that will do the state no good.
It said: “Both the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Nwodo and the state governor, Chime, are illustrious sons of the state and we expect them to use their influential positions to fast-track the development of the state to their utmost abilities within the period they are in office and not to be at loggerheads.”
In addition, it noted that after 100 years of its existence as a city, Enugu has remained a predominantly civil service state that is almost completely dependent on federal allocations for its survival.
“It is our strong belief that both Nwodo and Chime should have been preoccupied with how to re_write this negative profile of the state and not to be battering and maligning each other in the media over an issue that ought to be devoid of controversy,” it stated.
“We, therefore, expect the warring parties in the state to, as a matter of urgency, reach a compromise on the way forward, especially as further prolonging the crisis could deny our people the opportunity of participating meaningfully in the scheduled PDP congresses from which candidates for next year’s election would emerge,” it noted.