PDP crisis nearing an end —Dankwambo

THE lingering leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be nearing its end going by the declaration of Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo.

Speaking at the North East zonal caucus meeting of the party which took place in Abuja on Friday, he called for sacrifice of personal interests on the part of party leaders to enable it to move forward.

Dankwambo said the ongoing reconciliation effort has achieved milestones and was hopeful that the leadership crisis will be brought to a close within the next few days.

He said: “In the past, so many things  have remained issues of great concern.

“Now is the time to make sacrifice for all of us on old or new things that come our ways as a duty to the party.

“Everybody is weeping and crying at the same time.

“If anybody expects any other person to carry him on his wing, we may not get to our destination, because the wing may not  be too strong.

“It is the wing of sacrifice that is strong enough to take us to the right destination.”

The meeting was called to micro-zone the party positions allocated to the North East.

Dankwambo implored the caucus members to mindful of the decision they take in the allocation of the positions, warning that “We must avoid decisions that will further divide our members or bring more problems to our party.

“We should respect the views of our stakeholders and take a decision that will unite us.”

Also speaking, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State said the post of the National Secretary of the party should go to the North East, arguing that having what he observed as the most important post after that of the national chairman in the North East geopolitical zone was a way of resolving the crisis rocking the PDP.

He was, however, confident that the crisis will soon be a thing of the past as he called on  members of the PDP from the geopolitical zone to be united.

In his remarks,  Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba Central), the Deputy  Minority Leader, described PDP as a sleeping giant, noting that the opposition party does not deserve the crisis it was going through.

He therefore wanted all hands to be on deck to resolve the problem to enable the PDP to win back the love of Nigerians.

Voicing the position of the PDP National Assembly Caucus, he stated: “I particularly contributed that the resolution committee should meet the governors to ensure that Sheriff’s demands were met.”