Stop abusing Jonathan, PDP tells members

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pleaded with party members who might have grievances against President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration or party leaders to stop heaping abuses on the President.
The leadership especially urged all aggrieved members who have factionalised the party to embrace dialogue by fully utilising the window of reconciliation offered them and avoid playing into the hands of those who do not wish the nation or its democracy well.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, made the plea in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
He said “the on-going skirmishes and well-organised theatrics aimed at portraying the President in bad light were not necessary because as members of one big family, no challenge was insurmountable.”
Calling for truce, the publicity scribe added that the nation would benefit the more should detractors of the President take him or the party up on issues of development “to enrich our practice of democracy.”
The party regretted that the problem within its fold was a challenge which could be resolved within the ambit of its crisis resolution mechanism but which “was being exaggerated by some politicians desperately looking for quick photo-ups through sensationalism in the media.”
“This tactics is antithetical to democracy but not an unfamiliar rule of engagement.
“However, it is important that we avoid over-stretching it so as not to play into the waiting hands of the desperate, wishing to incite the people and destroy our common destiny.
“We wish to assure our members therefore that we are still capable of resolving our challenges and urge them to be more committed to our progress. We shall emerge stronger.
“Very unfortunately, the easiest way to gain prominence today is to attack the President and the leadership of his party, not on issues of governance or on alternative direction of governance but on the pedestrian that borders on sheer mudslinging.
“While the inconsequential makes the banner, the essentials and the substantial in the consistent though quiet transformation of the nation are tucked away in obscure riders.
“The media is a critical building block of democracy and the Nigerian media has stood firm across the decades. It must not relent.
“In all these, our firm support for the President as the leader and symbol of our party in government remains total.
“We shall neither waiver nor allow narrow sentiments stand in the way of the absolute resolve of our great party to better the lots of all Nigerians,” the statement reads.



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