Niger State governor, Dr. Muazu Aliyu has warned that the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has assumed a dangerous dimension and if not swiftly addressed is capable of destroying Nigeria.
The governor at a meeting, yesterday, with the PDP stakeholders, in Minna, to inform them of what transpired at the party’s National Convention in Abuja, argued that the challenges confronting the ruling party would not only affect it, but the nation as well.
Recalling some of the political developments and the crisis that engulfed the party’s special National Convention that resulted in seven governors including himself walking out of the venue to form a splinter PDP, new PDP, nPDP, weekend, he faulted the situation where persons at the helms of affairs intimidated and forced their personal opinions on the people without giving room for dialogue and negotiation.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo, President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan and Bamanga Tukur at the PDP Convention in Abuja
According to Aliyu, “even though there are issues, they should be discussed and every one carried along.
“In a situation where one person wants his opinion to over -rule others, there will be issues. But, when you persuade them, they will see reasons and accept what you said.
“That is the only way for which democracy can thrive in the nation. If dialogue fails, we must give room for wounds to heal. This gathering is to inform you of what happened in Abuja. Though efforts are on by elders of the party to resolve the impasse with the leaders of the PDP and as soon as they are through, we will also let you know the outcome of their meeting.”
Earlier, state Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Abdulrahaman Enagi told the governor at the meeting, attended by representatives of the state at both the upper and lower Houses of the National Assembly, that the State was solidly in support of any position taken by the governor even as stakeholders await the outcome of the elders’ meeting.