The New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has sent an emissary to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, seeking postponement of the reconciliation meeting billed for October 7, 2013.
An online statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said, “the decision was taken last night during the caucus meeting of the New PDP held at the Adamawa State Government Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, during which it was discovered that the date of the proposed peace meeting clashes with this year’s Hajj, in which several of our key members are billed to participate. Our National Chairman, Alhaji Baraje, and most of our other key members, including most of the G7 Governors and the five other Governors that have indicated interest to join us by next week, as well as members of the National Assembly, Former Governors, and business moguls, are billed to perform the Hajj, which is already in operation”.
The spokesman of the breakaway PDP explained that Alhaji Baraje, the Progressive Governors and other stakeholders performing the Hajj have been mandated to use the opportunity offered by the Holy Pilgrimage to pray for the restoration of peace and unity in PDP as well as in Nigeria.
The splinter PDP reassured its teeming supporters and Nigerians in general of its commitment towards bringing back the glorious days of both the PDP and Nigeria.
They also thanked Nigerians for their understanding and support, while appealing for continued prayers for the restoration of peace as there can be no progress in an atmosphere of chaos. The fact remains that we are not only committed to restore peace to our party but resolute about it.
Part of the news release reads:
“We enjoin our teeming supporters to be steadfast in their support for our struggle to enthrone genuine democracy devoid of abuse of the rule of law.
“On our part, we as leaders are committed to ensuring that our current struggle does not end as an exercise in futility but would achieve the set objectives of restoring our party to the path of honour and greatness.
“In this regard also, the party’s NWC billed for October 5th is hereby called off until our National Chairman comes back form the Hajji.
"We sincerely regret the inconvenience(s) in any form this may cause our beloved President, party faithfuls and Nigerians’ as praying to our God should be the utmost part from us particularly now knowing very well that with God the elusive peace in our party and country can be achieved”.