The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Revival Network has urged the rival factions of the party to close ranks and support the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, in the interest of strengthening the PDP as the viable opposition in the country.
National President of the network, Patriot Adamu Gabriel, who made the appeal in Abuja on Tuesday noted that the party has been weakened by the current division within its fold which he said was not in the interest of the nation’s democracy.
Gabriel appealed to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction to discard ego and forge a common front with the main body while acknowledging the Senator Ibrahim Mantu led faction for taking matured steps towards the re-unification of the party.
“The Mantu led faction should be happy that they have engineered the necessary reforms in the interest of the PDP and their names can never be forgotten in the affairs of the PDP again.
“For us in the PDP Revival Network, we think closing ranks is the best option because if we support any faction against the party we would be asking for a final disintegration of the party and that is not good; not only for the PDP but for the whole of our democratic structure because if there is no viable opposition to the APC Nigerians will be in trouble.
“This is why we are asking the Ali Modu Sherriff faction to put the party’s interest above ego or self interest. If each of the factions were to break away as different political parties you’ll realize that they will become what we Nigerians call ‘mushroom political parties’ and that is not a befitting end for the PDP.
“As we are talking to these other factions we are also asking that the party as ably led by Senator Makarfi should restore its glory and honour in line with the vision of the founding fathers. He must in the spirit of reconciliation carry the other factions along to make the rebirth of the PDP real,” Gabriel stressed.