PDP says Mr. Anenih’s election as the chairman of the BoT has been most beneficial to the PDP.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has refuted claims made by the Forum for Equity and Justice that there is a rift between the National Working Committee headed by the National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Tony Anenih.
In a statement by the PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday, the party described the Forum for Equity and Justice as a “group of meddlesome interlopers and political jobbers with no fixed address has been commissioned to stir up controversies and to portray the BoT as working at cross purposes with the NWC”.
The ruling party said the NWC and the BoT are united and committed to providing the necessary political direction for the party.
“The leadership of the party reiterates that the Chief Tony Anenih led-BoT has in no way usurped the functions of the NWC. His reconciliatory visits complement the reconciliation and consolidation tours embarked by the NWC and they have been yielding desired results,” the PDP said in the statement.
It added that the NWC is solidly behind the activities of the BoT in further uniting the party which is central and cardinal for the party ahead of 2015.
Speaking further, Mr. Metuh stated that Mr. Anenih, as one of the founding fathers of the party, has always been in the political mainstream and commands the respect of all PDP leaders and elders.
“He has proven to be highly effective in handling party issues and has been acclaimed as one of the greatest political minds the nation has ever produced,” he said.
Mr. Metuh said that nothing has been more beneficial to the PDP than the election of Mr. Anenih as the BoT Chairman and the NWC is committed to giving him all the support he needs to achieve his mandate.
“The Board of Trustees is made up of men and women of high integrity who are the conscience of the Party. Most of them are experienced Statesmen and women who played key roles in the formation of the Party. The Party therefore stands to benefit a great deal from their wise counsel at this critical moment,” he added.
Mr. Metuh also urged PDP members to completely disregard “these amorphous groups and continue to work together as a family, in line with the visions of the founding fathers of our great party”.
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