‘New PDP’ promoters have genuine grouse – Anenih

At last, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Anenih, has conceded that the aggrieved party members who recently walked out of the party’s mini-national convention in Abuja to form a splinter group have genuine reason to be angry with the system.
He, however, assured that when the current crisis is amicably resolved, the party will be better for it.
Anenih made the observation in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
He explained that the continuation of the peace meeting expected to hold on Tuesday was called off at the instance of those angry with the mainstream PDP.
“I believe some of them have genuine grievances; but I have hope that once the grievances are addressed they will come back.
“I am happy that the PDP has an internal mechanism for effective conflict resolution, and at the end of the day, the problems will be addressed and the PDP will come out of the crisis stronger,” Anenih said.
Anenih said the peace meeting was called off at the instance of the protagonists of the “New PDP.”
But the meeting, he explained, will continue next Tuesday after selected party leaders would have met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday as part of wider consultations demanded by parties to the crisis.
He disclosed that the aggrieved Governors told the Presidency and the PDP leadership that they needed more time to make wider consultations, just as he said the Presidency and the PDP leadership were not averse to wider consultations.
Anenih explained that the Presidency and PDP leadership were taking advantage of the postponement to also consult widely on how to amicably resolve the crisis.
According to him, “Part of the wider consultations is the meeting of selected party leaders with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday morning and thereafter, we will meet with the governors on Tuesday, next week.”
It will be recalled that Anenih, who read out the resolution of the marathon meeting that held in the Presidential Villa among the contending groups from Sunday night till early Monday morning, expressed optimism that the problems would be resolved and the aggrieved state Governors and other leaders who broke away from the convention venue to announce a ‘New PDP’ would come back into the fold.
At the end of the marathon meeting, which ended at about 2.05 am on Monday, Anenih read a short resolution of the meeting to the hearing of the PDP Governors, including four of the aggrieved ones, who attended the meeting to set the stage for the continuation of peace talks that were scheduled for Tuesday but which could no longer hold.

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