CHAIRMAN of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Adolphus Wabara, has said God is control of the storms the party is experiencing in the buildup to the 2023 elections.
Wabara, a former Senate President, made the remark in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Thursday, while answering questions from journalists about his team’s visit to the state and the insistence of aggrieved members of the party supporting Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers to demand for the resignation of PDP national chairman, Dr Iorchia Ayu.
He however said that there were no problems without a solution, noting that the party would look into the issues raised by the aggrieved party to come out with a decision soon.
“The Lord is in control. There is no family without problems and that is exactly why we have come, to be heard, to encourage us with suggestions. As I said earlier, there is no problem without solution.
“We should just watch our utterances, because we will all come back to the same table in the interest of Nigerians. It is only PDP that can deliver this nation, that can provide dividends of democracy like we did 16 years when we were in power.
“You know, God just asked us to give way, eight years for Nigerians to judge for themselves. Yes, they have very strong points, we will look at it as the conscience of the party and come out with a decision very soon. We will reach out to the groups. That is why we came here so that he (Ortom) will create the enabling environment for us to reach others,” Wabara said.
While reacting to Wabara’s position that he would serve as the link between the party and Wike’s group, Ortom commended the steps taken to broker peace.
Ortom said, “I have been with Wike. We are friends. We are colleagues and we share common understanding on these issues. I commend the BOT for taking these steps because reconciliation is very key. The party leadership would have deployed its internal conflict resolution mechanism long ago. Maybe because somebody else was there before but I commend this effort, reaching out and discussing, dialoguing.
“Politics as I know, over 40 years of practice, is full of conflict but you must get to discussing it and finding solutions. People have diverse interest. You must look at it and see how there can be a win win. But treating people as if they are nothing or they have no value does not make sense to me. So that is what the BOT is trying to solve; and I believe they have seen me, we have discussed, they are also going to see other governors and I believe that at the end of the day, we shall do something that will bring us together.”
On whether he would play the role of a mediator or stand aside, Ortom said, “I’m an aggrieved person too and that is why they came. I’m not happy with leadership of the party on what they are doing.
“Leadership is collective. We should be working together and they are here as fathers, as leaders, and as conscience of the party, to discuss with us. We have met, we have made our positions known severely that we are not happy with the way the leadership of the party at the national level is managing the party. They need to do something.”