Members of the Fresh Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday dissolved into the Prince Uche Secondus-led PDP, declaring that the party is united.
The members of the group, led by Chief Olukayode Akindele, also announced the cancellation of plans to inaugurate their parallel National Working Committee (NWC) tomorrow, January 22.
The declaration was made after a truce was reached at the residence of former national chairman of the PDP, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo in Abuja.
Besides Nwodo, other PDP members in attendance at the meeting were a member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Stella Omu and the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodinya.
Besides Akindele, other members of Fresh PDP include Godwin Duru who contested for the office of national organising secretary of the party at the convention, and Franklyne Edede, who ran for office of national youth leader also at the last convention.
The Fresh PDP had last year opened a parallel secretariat of PDP in protest of the outcome of the December 9 national convention of the party. They had early this year declared plans to inaugurate parallel NWC members on Monday, January 22 in Abuja.
But speaking after a lengthy closed- door meeting at his residence, Nwodo disclosed that the reconciliatory process enjoyed the backing of the national leadership of the party as well as that of the BoT.
He further stated that no conditions were given in the lead-up to the dissolution of the Fresh PDP, which he described as comprising enthusiastic youths needed by the party ahead of 2019.
On his part, PDP national spokesman, Ologbondiyan, gave the assurance that peace had been achieved in the party.
“We want to assure our party members all over Nigeria and in the Diaspora that what is perceived to be a crisis is over, and our party, PDP, has become one all over again,” he said.
Nwodo described the disbandment of Fresh PDP as the best gift PDP can give to Nigerians.
“A lot of people thought our house was divided and was about to cascade down. But we want to assure you that, by God’s mercy and the internal reconciliation capacity of the PDP, the cracks that you noticed has been completely sealed up,” Nwodo said.
“Today the fresh PDP has collapsed and all its members have re-integrated into the mainstream of the PDP and we have a United PDP, poised, ready and promising Nigerians that we are going to take away this government that is insensitive to human life. The primary responsibility of government is protection of live and property and if the government fails to protect lives and property, it has no business being in government.”
According to Nwodo, by this move, the PDP has sent a powerful signal across the country that the PDP want to assure all Nigerians it will not disappoint them.
“We will give you a strong and united party that will wipe away your tears, restore confidence in your country, make you proud as a Nigerian wherever you are, because we will bring back a government that cares and is interested in the welfare of its citizens.
“The members of the Fresh PDP that is now disbanded are young, vibrant politicians. If a leader is leading, and nobody is following, he is taking a walk. PDP is leading and mentoring the young ones to take over. The wish of a father is that his offspring will be bigger than him. If a father does not bring an offspring that will surpass him, he is not a good father. It means it doesn’t want his future to be better than his past,” Nwodo stated.
On whether there were conditions before the truce was reached he said, “We have no conditions and that is why we are extremely happy. The young men and women in the Fresh PDP have absolute confidence in the assurances that we have given them. The PDP NWC is aware of this reconciliation and supports it to the hilt. We are also in close touch with the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the committee that BoT has set up to make sure that the cracks arising from the convention are properly sealed and we are united; and they are aware of what we are doing right now. The leadership of the party including the BoT are aware of what we are doing.”
The former national party chairman added that the defection of PDP members had come to an end as a result of the reconciliation.
“We now have an authentic PDP. This is an envelope from the Fresh PDP. That agenda is over.”
He underscored the need for mentorship, adding that when younger party members take over, their achievements will supersede those of the party elders.
“We welcome their enthusiasm, energy and capacity to mobilise the youths of this country to know that their future lies in the PDP.
He lampooned the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its administration for causing the loss of over eight million jobs, despite promising three million jobs every year during the campaigns in the build-up to 2015 general elections.
Nwodo further stressed that a government cannot rule by propaganda but must fulfil what it promised to the people.
He added that PDP had leant its lessons and “would come back stronger, more prepared and more resolute to change the fortunes of this country.”
On his part, the chairman of the Fresh PDP, Chief Olukayode Akindele, noted that they were forced to take the actions they did because of acts of impunity in the party.
He said: “The issue of impunity and imposition forced us into this situation because in PDP we didn’t have any mechanism to address it. We need to have a mechanism for reconciliation. Reconciliation is when you have a dispute. But when it is a criminal political act, then what you need is restitution.
“But we have received assurances from our leaders here that this will be addressed and today while it marks the end of Fresh PDP, it brings a PDP that is caring and wants to address issues that may affect it in the primaries.”
On whether he feared that the PDP leadership could renege on the promises, he said, “We are dealing with men of integrity and honour. You can have disputes with your father and brothers but at the end of the day the integrity of the family is what counts. PDP has integrity.”
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