- The immediate past national organizing secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged his support for the party
- Okey Nnaedozie said despite decision and actions taken by members of the party before the Supreme Court ruling, the PDP remains one
- Nnaedozie also called for unity among all party members
The immediate past national organizing secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Okey Nnaedozie has congratulated the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the party over Wednesday, July 12, ruling of the Supreme Court.
Nnaedozie described the leadership tussle that rocked the party as unfortunate and regrettable.
In a statement on Friday, July 14, Nnaedozie said the tussle saw many committed members of the party on different sides of the divide based on their different interpretations of the party’s constitution at the time.
He However, expressed happiness that the court verdict has brought all members of the PDP together, as one house.
While regretting the disagreements caused by the crisis, Nnaedozie said time has come for all members of the party to forgive each other and forge ahead as a united family.
He said many mistakes were made but that hard lessons have also been learnt.
“The unfortunate tussle, while it lasted, saw many committed members of our great party wittingly or unwittingly on different sides of the divide based on principle and different interpretation of our Party’s constitution," Nnaedozie said.
But in all, the verdict is victory for all as it has at last brought us all together again as one big family that we have always been.
“It is on this note that I sincerely congratulate the leaders and members of our party, particularly, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and members of the National Caretaker Committee, Our Governors, members of the National Assembly, and of course all Nigerians for this important judgment. Indeed, the ruling is a clear pointer to the future of not only our party but also the entire nation.
“This development also points to the democratic credentials of our party and the resilience of its undying ideology as an egalitarian platform, irrespective of the challenges it faced.
“No doubt, during and immediately after the 2015 general elections, and particularly during the period of this unfortunate divisive leadership tussle, mistakes were made; unguarded statements were made, our party had to bear avoidable pain and loses, but in all, very serious lessons have also been learnt.
"What is now needed is for us to put the painful past behind us, forgive and embrace one another and together forge ahead in the onerous charge to re-position our party for the task ahead. In this regard, I wish to thank our leaders who have made comments in this direction.
"As a dedicated member of our great party, the PDP remains my home as we once more rededicate ourselves and place the overriding interest of our party over and above every personal ambition or interest," Nnaedozie concluded.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Supreme Court in Abuja on Wednesday, July 12, sacked the factional national chairman of the PDP Ali Modu-Sheriff.
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The court also declared a former governor Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the party.
However, in a another controversy, the sacked chairman of the PDP has denied reports that he sent congratulatory messages to Makarfi.
Sheriff, denying the reports said he does not have a Twitter account - the platform where the message emanated from.
He also described such report as fake and mischievous.
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