The Senate President, Senator David Mark, on Wednesday warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against imminent self-destruction if combatants within the fold fail to sheathe their swords.
Mark issued this warning Wednesday while receiving the Post-election Assessment Committee headed by his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in his office.
The Senate president, who seemed to be prophetic, expressed concerns that the PDP was heading for its final destruction unless the party quickly retraces its steps and puts paid to internal bickering within the fold.
He condemned the blame game among members over the party’s woeful performance at the last elections and asked them to forthwith sheathe their swords if they care for the party’s survival.
“The PDP is already hemorrhaging. Unless we halt the bleeding and find the necessary therapy, we may be heading for the final burial of the party,” Mark said.
He added: “The party is already in a comatose status and we should do all we can to resuscitate the party rather than this unnecessary rancour and bulk passing. The emerging factions are absolutely unnecessary. The combatants must sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue.
“My appeal is that we should not do anything further that would damage the already fragmented house. Everybody should come together and rebuild the party. We have gotten enough bruises. We need not inflict further pains on ourselves with continuous bickering.
“Enough of this blame-game. We should return to the drawing board and need not wash our dirty linen in the public anymore. I believe that a useful lesson has been learnt from the PDP electoral misfortune. As for me, it is time to put on our thinking caps and chart a new course.”
Mark expressed optimism that the Ekweremadu-led committee would bring healing to the ailing party.
“I trust Ekweremadu that he and his team will do a good job and unearth the remote and immediate causes of our misfortune and make recommendations that will enhance the future of the party. I have worked closely with the Deputy President of the Senate over the years and I know his capability and capacity to handle issues,” he remarked.
Mark appealed to members to rise above the current setback and work hard to reposition the party as he observed that the new status of PDP as an opposition was a challenge which he said party members must face with every sense of “honesty, sincerity of purpose and dedication to duty.”
He also expressed beliefs that both democracy and the nation would be better for it “if we play credible opposition to ensure good governance and delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”
Source: This Day