Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, Tuesday expressed strong belief that the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not lead to implosion of the ruling party, saying that the party has capacity to weather the storm.
Speaking with journalists on arrival from Abuja where he had participated in the PDP special national convention, Orji insisted that the ruling has proved over and again that it has the capacity to pull through whenever it was rocked by internal misunderstandings.
"But the interesting thing is to have the ability and capacity to overcome it. We have trusted leaders in the party who can manage the problem. This is not the first time. The party will overcome it."
The governor also dismissed insinuations that the opposition could capitalise on the crisis in PDP to wrest power from the ruling party come 2015, saying that PDP was intact and would withstand any challenge from the opposition.
On the impact the PDP crisis could have on the continued existence of Nigeria as a corporate entity, Orji said that the prophets of doom would not have their way as a family misunderstanding in PDP would not snowball into national crisis that could threaten the nation’s existence.
He said: “Nigeria will not disintegrate. If Nigeria did not disintegrate during the civil war it cannot disintegrate right now. The problem we have in PDP cannot disintegrate Nigeria. The problem we have in PDP is the normal thing in politics, especially when campaigns are just by the corners. People will be looking for ways of achieving their aims politically, and you will expect this type of thing.”
Orji, who refused to accept that PDP has been factionalised, faulted those impugning religious and ethnic dimensions to the PDP, saying that “it is purely political."