..Vows PDP ‘ll be vigilant as it embarks on reconciliation-
..As National Caucus, BoT, NEC meet
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Sunday described the sacked national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff an agent of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC even he placed a curse on any person who is a “mole of the deadly party.”
He said the PDP will embark on reconciliation after the Supreme Court judgment that validated the Amed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, but it will be done with vigilance adding that the Supreme Court judgment saved Nigeria and there is the need to thank God for the sustenance of multi-party democracy.
Meanwhile, major stakeholders in the PDP will today begin crucial meetings that will evolve a blueprint to reposition it ahead the 2019 general election and map out further strategies aimed at achieving genuine reconciliation among party members especially loyalists of the sacked national chairman Senator Modu-Sheriff following his outright rejection of the amnesty granted the group by the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committtee.
Speaking at the Inter-denominational Special Thanksgiving Service for PDP Supreme Court victory at the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said,”While we are reconciling, we must be vigilant. Nobody will take me unawares. Satan will never sleep. Satan will always find ways to cause havoc.
He expressed gratitude to God for giving PDP leaders the wisdom to identify that with the emergence of Sheriff the Party was headed for doom and had to retrace its steps.
He said that Nigerians received the Supreme Court Judgment with joy because the future of Nigeria rests with the PDP adding that the ruling APC after winning elections have resorted to excuses and blame game instead of fulfilling the promises they made to Nigerians.
“Two years after the mandate what is the situation? Excuses and blames without delivery. Look at how individuals took it upon themselves to destroy the party that gave them life. PDP is the only party that is a household name in Nigeria.There is no unit in the country without a member of the PDP “.
He said that going forward Rivers State must get return on her contributions to the PDP.
“As we help you, you help us. If you don’t help us, we won’t help you. All of us must rise from our unit, ward and local government area to mobilise people”.
The governor canvassed total loyalty to the PDP, saying that the party is supreme. According to him, in reconstituting the State Executive Council, only very loyal and committed former commissioners will be re-appointed.
“God saved PDP because of Rivers State. We don’t have plan B. Every other state had plan B. Our enemies will be put to shame from time to time. Rivers State is the strongest PDP State”, he said.
The thanksgiving service attracted PDP leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
Intercessory prayers were said for Nigeria, Rivers State, Governor Wike and the stability of the PDP.
Sheriff had In a statement issued by the spokesman of his group, Bernard Mikko, condemned the offer, adding that he did not commit any crime against the party to warrant being given amnesty insisting that he was validly elected as chairman of the party in 2016.
But the notice of the meetings was jointly issued in Abuja on Saturday by Sen. Ben Obi, the National Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, and Amb. Aminu Wali, the National Secretary of BoT for BoT Chairman.
It stated that the meeting of the expanded National Caucus would hold at 8 p. m on Monday, while the BOT and NEC hold on Tuesday at PDP National Secretariat (Wadata Plaza), Abuja.
Those invited to attend the meeting were former presidents and vice presidents, PDP governors, NEC members, BoT members, National Assembly members, former PDP governors, former PDP ministers and all former national officers of the party.
The party has not had any NEC since the crisis that engulfed the party 14 months ago. It promises to be a meeting of reunion and celebration of the epic judicial victory it won after the Supreme Court brought reprieve to the party.
However, several issues are expected to be discussed at these meetings particularly the need to fix the party and get it ready ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.
PDP lost the 2015 general elections partly because of the internal crisis resulting from lack of internal democracy, leadership impunity and disobedience across the membership.
On November 10 last year, the party set up a Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee as well as truth and reconciliatory committees to work out modalities to put behind it the 2015 electoral defeat and proffer ways to move on.
While Bayelsa state governor Seriake Dickson headed the Peace Committee, former Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana headed the Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs.
Gana Committee made several recommendations including the need to return to traditional direct primaries for nominating candidates for elections. It is believed that this will settle the issue of imposition witnessed in the party and also promote free, fair and credible election of candidates for elective offices.
Gana said that to facilitate the use of direct primaries as recommended, the party must take immediate steps to compile and maintain an authentic register of party membership throughout Nigeria.
The party is also expected to resolve the lingering crisis in several states executive, complete pending Congresses and put machinery at work for the coming Anambra, Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
It would be recalled that the party lost both Edo and Ondo states to be ruling APC. It also witnessed several defections at both the state and national assembly in the last months. The party must see how to end the defection and put up to win back old members and attract new once.
For a better society.