PDP BoT CHAIRMAN, SEN WALI D JIBRIN (L), WITH FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT, SEN IBRAHIM MANTU, AT THE INAUGURATION OF PDP CONVENTION COMMITTEE IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said it played its part in the decision of a splinter group, Fresh PDP to collapse into the mainstream PDP.
A statement credited to the BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin noted that the group was constantly in touch with various organs of the party in the past couple of weeks.
“The BoT and the national leadership of the party were very well involved and played a great role in the dissolution of the Fresh PDP recently formed by some aggrieved members of the party.
“I was the first to interact with the group when it was formed pleading with them to follow the reconciliation methodology set by the party. Now that the group has been totally dismantled, PDP is now fully set to take over the mantle of leadership at the federal, state, and local government levels,” Jibrin said, even as he pledged the commitment of the board of trustees to bring all aggrieved members of the party under the common shade of the PDP.
“The BoT shall intensify it’s efforts in bringing total peace and unity to the party as can be seen in my setting up of BoT’s internal reconciliation committee to settle its aggrieved members under the chairmanship of Senator David Mark,” he added.
Meanwhile, Director General of the Fresh PDP, Engineer Emmanuel Obi-Nwosu has dissociated himself from the reported disbandment of the splinter group, describing those who negotiated with the mainstream PDP as shameless who from the outset, exhibited insatiable appetite for financial compensation.
“The shameful and most pathetic show of unbridled poverty and greed exhibited by these individuals masquerading as spokespersons for the Fresh PDP is most condemnable as they do not have the authority of the DG to do so.
“These shameless persons who had at various times deployed very untoward means to use the noble Fresh PDP platform as a blackmail tool for the extortion of money from party leaders, have come to their ultimate end.
“They have now openly disgraced themselves as they exhibited their inordinate desire for cheap compensation against the high ideals of correcting injustice and ensuring transparency in the coming party primaries, which Fresh PDP was established to achieve,” he noted, adding that the group “Was never setup as a money hunting platform, but strictly as the true PDP that will meet the dreams of the founding fathers of our great party,” he said.
He further called on those not keen with the ideology of the Fresh PDP to quit or risk further disgrace in the days ahead.
“No individual or group within or outside Fresh PDP will be allowed to negotiate for pecuniary gains using this noble platform. All those that joined Fresh PDP with the corrupt mind-set of pursuing selfish and divisive agenda have hit the rock.
“We advise them to quickly join their fellow impostors who have mortgaged their conscience for penny,” the DG further explained.