Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State have held talks on how to reposition the party, especially in reconciling aggrieved factions ahead of the party’s national convention in Abuja.
At a meeting convened by the candidate of the party in the last governorship election, Oseloka Henry Obaze and held at the party secretariat, Awka, the party chieftains agreed to hold several other meetings with their supporters to present a common front at the convention on December 9.
Others present at the meeting were the former Minister of Women Affairs, Chief Josephine Anenih who is the Secretary of the Caretaker Committee in the state, a former governorship aspirant, Dr. Alex Obiogbolo, elders of the party and chairmen of all the 21 local councils including women leaders among others.
Obaze used the occasion to thank members for their unalloyed support and counseled that it would be wrong for the state chapter to rush into the convention without adequate preparations, saying they need to present a formidable front.
He said he had called the meeting for them to share their views, find a common ground and go to the convention as an indivisible and united family.
Obiogbolo said the only way forward politically was for the PDP which he described as “the only party with national spread,” to come back to its basis and bring all its members back, create a level-playing field and entrench internal democracy.
In her speech, Mrs Anenith contended that Nigeria is at a critical stage and PDP leaders must come together to take decision, regretting the crises that rocked the party which lead to its loss on the state’s governorship election.
She called on PDP leaders to lead in settling all grievances among members to rescue the party from collapse, and promised to assist the chapter toward rebuilding the party, while also urging leaders in the state to carry all members along.