There appears an end in sight for the current rift between some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as G5, and the national leadership of the party, after several months of disagreement, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and Chairman, of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) on Thursday night, played host to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in a private visit at the Government House, Uyo.
Interacting with journalists after the meeting, Emmanuel said the leadership of the party is open to dialogue with the G5 governors, assuring all party faithful that the reconciliation of some of its aggrieved governors will see the party coast to victory in next year’s general elections.
Describing PDP governors as brothers who show mutual respect for one another, Emmanuel noted that aside from participating in the campaign train, all the PDP governors are intact, working towards the interest of the party.
He said: “We all came in as a family, whether you like it or not these are brothers even in the parable of the lost sheep in the Bible only one sheep got missing and Jesus Christ left the rest and went after that one, how much more when you have brothers that are up to five.
“You turn around on a campaign platform you don’t see them, suddenly you will feel you need them, these are people you started together, I think I still feel empty that we are all not together on a campaign platform but when it comes to governance we are all together and we have mutual respect for each other.
“We listened to each other and we try to look at the way forward and I want to believe it is getting to that point where sacrifices must be made so that there can be peace.”
Earlier, Ortom said the G5 governors of the PDP are still with the party, but expressed their displeasure over the leadership of the party’s inability to deploy its conflict resolution mechanism to resolve the internal grievances in the party.
Ortom pointed out that dialogue remains key towards accommodating the interest of the party stalwarts, adding that the aggrieved governors never turned their back on dialogue and reconciliation, but only want terms that accommodate their interests.
“We were not happy with the national leadership of our party as it had not been able to deploy its conflict resolution mechanism to solve the internal problems and grievances that we have.
“Governor Udom is one of us, he is a governor like the rest of us, and in politics, dialogue is key towards resolving conflicts and problems that may arise as a result of conventions or congresses.
“Talking to each other will definitely strengthen the fortunes of the party, and politics as you know, is a game of interest with no permanent enemy or permanent friend, but permanent interest.”