A coalition of youth groups within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed concern over the crisis rocking the leadership of the party.
The group also gave leaders of the party a seven-day ultimatum to settle their differences and resolve the dispute or the group would take over the party secretariat.
Briefing journalists at the end of their meeting on Tuesday, at the National Secretariat of the party, chairman of the group, Aderemi Olusegun, said they were saddened by the “unabated internal wrangling” bedevilling the party.
He said as concerned youth, they found it necessary to come together to take a firm position in the interest of PDP members nationwide.
Aderemi said the youth had waited enough for the party’s leaders since the Port Harcourt convention to amicably resolve the lingering problem of leadership, and gave a 7-day ultimatum to the leaders to resolve the problem.
“However, if this is not resolved, we shall be compelled to mobilize all concerned youths nationwide to take over the affairs of the party, as we have started putting in place an effective structure to take over the party secretariat,” he said.
Aderemi said the PDP as a party is bigger than individuals and groups and would not accept anyone “taking the party for a ride”.
“We are therefore demanding the immediate withdrawal of all pending litigations in the courts of law, so that we can amicably resolve all issues,” he said
The group also said it was disappointed that the leaders of the party appeared unconcerned about the likely effect of their actions on the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States, which, they said, were likely to affect the fortunes of the party.
“Our party members world over are seriously disillusioned and unhappy.
“We have therefore constituted an 11-man committee to liaise with all the parties concerned and stakeholders to as a matter of urgency resolve all disagreements in our party.
“We shall be making further demands known to all the stakeholders in order to reposition our party as a viable alternative for all Nigerians,” the youth said.
The PDP has been embroiled in crisis since May 21 when different factions emerged at two national conventions held in different cities- Port Harcourt and Abuja.