President Goodluck Jonathan has said that despite the major disagreement in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has led to the formation of a parallel body, the party remains intact.Speaking at a special post convention dinner for the Peoples Democratic Party at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa Sunday Night, President Jonathan said the concerns of the aggrieved members which he described as minor would soon be resolved.Though the post convention conference recorded an impressive attendance of pro-Jonathan party chieftains including state governors, prominent stakeholders of the party including the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and seven of its governors who have broken rank with the party were conspicuously absent.But Chief Tony Anenih, the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees while admonishing party faithful to remain united in order to go into election in 2015 enjoined President Jonathan to make his intention of whether to contest or not known by the end of September.
President Jonathan who received high dose of praise from party chieftains in attendance at the dinner said the dinner was a partial fulfilment of the party’s decision to encourage periodic meeting to interact with party members across the states.
While assuring the elected officials of the party of his support, President Jonathan played down the crisis in the party saying “In any human institutions there must be disagreements. What happened (the factional PDP) is a minor disagreements that can be solved.
“For those who have issues, we thank the elders and governors who have been meeting and listening to them, we are committed to resolving our differences”.
Noting the central place of the party in the heart of Nigerians, President Jonathan said even those who are not members of the party do not want it to disintegrate.
“Even those that are aggrieved call themselves the new PDP meaning they know without PDP they are nothing.
PDP is intact, that we have some disagreements is normal. PDP is intact and will remain intact. We will make sure that the party remains one, those who left will rejoin us. It is only PDP that has not change name or form. We will do out best to keep PDP one, to keep Nigeria one” the president promised.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, who spoke on the future of the party , said the PDP has always provided leadership for the country and cannot afford to shirk that responsibility at this critical time.