The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has dismissed insinuations that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has broken into factions.
He said the media reports are false, baseless and misguided.
Speaking on Sunday, May 22, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on arrival from Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where he attended Saturday’s National Convention of the party.
“For the purpose of clarification, there are no factions within the PDP family as I speak. What we have are contending interests. Such is common in any party. Yes, there were some disagreements, but the good thing is that we have not allowed such disagreements to degenerate into a major crisis that would warrant factions,” Ekeweremadu said.
“Instead, what happened in Port-Harcourt over the weekend further confirms PDP’s capacity to resolve issues in favour of laid down precepts and in the overall interest of our great party and nation.”
On the court order, which restrained the party from conducting election into some offices, the Senator said that the PDP did not violate any court order.
He stressed that the convention did not conduct any election, but simply acted within its constitutional powers as the highest decision-making organ of the PDP to appoint an interim National Working Committee (NWC) to oversee the affairs of the party and also conduct elections into the NWC positions within 90 days.
The Deputy Senate President however congratulated the interim NWC, led by Senator Ahmed Makarf, and urged them to prioritise the reconciliation of all aggrieved and divergent interests within the party.