President Goodluck Jonathan has described the crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, as “minor disagreements” that would soon be resolved.
Jonathan who made the statement at a post – convention dinner of the party held Monday at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential villa, called on dissenting party members to embrace dialogueas “no other party can face PDP”.
“The party is intact and will remain intact. We will continue to show leadership and do everything possible to ensure that the party grows stronger. In families we disagree. These are minor disagreements that can be resolved,” he said.
The President assured that the party would continue to do all it can to keep the country together.
Also speaking at the event, the chairman of the ruling party’s Board of Trustees, BOT, TonyAnenih, called for speedy resolution of the problems facing the party, but warned that the party would not recognise any opposition in PDP.
Anenih also called on those interested in contesting for elective posts in 2015 general elections to declare their intention, saying it had become necessary in view of the need for the party apparatus to prepare adequately for the exercise.
“We must be ready for the journey. By the end of September we would not be able to tell anybody that the time is not right…It is good that we tell our people where we are going and how the journey will be like,” he said.
Chairman of the party, BamangaTukur said the party is ready to address all complaints by aggrieved members and encouraged them to embrace peace.
Conspicuously absent at the dinner were Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and IbrahimBabangida, aggrieved PDP Governors and some members of the National Assembly.
Those who graced the event were governors of Abia, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Plateau, Delta, Cross River,Kogi and Plateau states.
Others are the governors of Katsina, Gombe, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kebbi, AkwaIbom states, the acting governor of Taraba and deputy governor of Benue State.
Former PDP Chairmen: Barnabas Gemade, Vincent Ogbulafor, Ahmadu Ali, Okwesilieze Nwodo and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani also attended the event.
Others at the dinner were serving ministers, former governors, former Speaker, GhaliNa’aba; senate majority leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba and former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu.