By Tony Edike
THE new National Chairman of Progressive Peoples Party, PPA, Chief Sam Nkire, has called on all aggrieved members of the party to seek peaceful solution to their problems with the national leadership of the party rather than resorting to law suits.
He said a political party was akin to a family where litigation was the last option any member could think of, adding that he was disappointed by the spate of litigations within political parties in the country.
Nkire, who was pioneer National Secretary of PPA, told Vanguard in an interview that court actions were a new phenomenon which his administration was poised to reduce to its minimum, stressing that that in a situation where a court verdict pronounced one group winner and the other loser in party affairs, “there is no complete loser.”
He, therefore, appealed to all those members who left the PPA to come back to the mainstream in order to help the party surpass its rating at the 2007 general elections.
The PPA national chairman said there was nothing wrong with the decision of his predecessor, Larry Esin, to run for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State under the platform of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and in the spirit of the alliance between PPA and CPC.
According to him, under the alliance agreement, candidates of both parties are free to run for election in any party that was more popular in their states.
“Mr. Esin’s decision did not amount to defection as PPA opponents may wish, rather it had the blessing of the party including that of PPA Board of Trustees’ Chairman, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu,” the PPA Chairman asserted, adding that he would personally campaign for Esin in Akwa Ibom State when the time comes.
On Dr Orji Uzor Kalu’s seeming political quietness, Nkire disclosed that Kalu was on a short political vacation and that he would resume political activities very soon and in earnest.