By ChibuzoUkaibe, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, declared that the exit of its former members like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former vice president Atiku Abubakar and five of its governors did not destroy the party.
The party while boasting that it remains a virile platform to win elections, assured that it would never be a one man party.
The national organising secretary of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the party, Senator Abdul Ningi, stated this in Abuja while presenting the expression of interest and nomination forms to Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, for the November 18, Anambra State gubernatorial election.
Obiogbolu is the first governorship aspirant to pick the governorship forms, which cost N6 million.
Ningi, who declared that the PDP has risen from the ashes of its crisis said, “We said one of our cardinal principles is that this party is not a one-man party. This party has individuals that left the PDP beginning with the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died, etc.That has been our plight. This party can do without a single individual or groups of individuals. Five of our governors left, we were wounded but not defeated and we are rising up from ashes of those who have left.”
The organising secretary of the party, stated that the protracted leadership crisis strengthened the party, and caused it to reflect on its ways.
He however observed that the crises besetting the country today were not there while the PDP was in power, noting that Nigerians have now seen the difference.
On his part, Dr Obiogbolu, has assured that PDP would recapture Anambra State in the forthcoming election, stressing that the defection of members from the party didn’t affect it at the grassroots.
While he expressed confidence that all those who left the party would return to its fold after the primaries, he regretted that the crisis which engulfed the party was caused by impunity and imposition of candidates.