The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin has submitted that his party has fewer problems to deal with ahead of the 2023 elections compared to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Jibrin, the PDP is already dealing with all the challenges and grievances from its presidential primaries and everything would be sorted before the 2023 polls.
He observed that the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate and the subsequent emergence of Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate has upset some stakeholders within the party particularly Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his loyalists.
The PDP stalwart however promised that steps have been activated to resolve all outstanding issues and reconcile aggrieved stakeholders.
On the other hand, he stated that the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the APC has created a lot of controversies and heated arguments along religious and ethnic lines.
In his view according to a statement released on Monday, the issues plaguing both parties shouldn’t be compared.
The PDP Issue
Jibrin said: “I notice with great concern what the PDP primary elections of Atiku Abubakar and the appointment of Chief Okowa as President and Vice President is unnecessary, causing confusion among some PDP members.
“May I point out very strongly that there is no problem as being envisaged by some people in our great party the PDP.
The APC Lot
“I want to assure everyone that all plans are on ground to bring all members together as one and united, as what is happening in PDP can never be compared with the situation in APC, especially their plans in trying to bring religious issues of Muslim-Muslim President and Vice president.”
PDP On Reconciliatory Mission
The BoT Chairman said efforts are ongoing to ensure all PDP members are united and on the same page for the 2023 elections.
To this end, he disclosed efforts at reconciling aggrieved members.
“There are also the current governors, some BoT members and elders including Prof Jerry Gana the chief spokesman of the group, Governors Wike, Dankwambo; Governors of Enugu and Abia states, former Governor Ibrahim Idris of Kogi state.
“The aim of the group is to reconcile the aggrieved, especially Wike. Interestingly, the BoT the highest advisory body and the conscience of the party is meeting on Wednesday, August 3, to discuss the issues accordingly by coming up with strong recommendations with the special committee for the special reconciliation of aggrieved members, especially Governor Wike.
“After the BoT meeting, we will meet with Wike and all aggrieved members and all past presidential aspirants.
“It is my prayers as Chairman of BoT that the PDP will remain strongest and win all elections in 2023,” he said.