…Begs members against defection
ABUJA—AHEAD of the national convention of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, former president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has warned party leaders, stakeholders and members against impunity and imposition of candidates.
Senator Mark also frowned on cross carpeting by members of the PDP because of the current challenge of being in the opposition as well as the present political quagmire confronting the party at the moment.
Mark added that such inconsistencies neither enhanced the sustenance of democratic culture nor the integrity or credibility of politicians who decamped.
Speaking yesterday in his Otukpo country home at a meeting with executive members of Benue State chapter of the PDP, Senator Mark said he would not leave the PDP, irrespective of the challenges the party was currently facing. He reminded party faithful to work hard in the days ahead as credible opposition and over come the challenges.
Mark, who asked PDP leaders, stakeholders and members to learn from the past, noted that the defeat of the PDP in the last general election was self-inflicted on account of imposition of candidates and the impunity of some leaders.
He said it was incumbent on the leaders and members of the party to allow the popular will of the people to prevail at the congresses and convention, but stressed the fact that he was pleased with members who remained steadfast with the PDP as a party of choice.
He said: “ If we must uphold the sanctity of democratic culture, we must follow the path of honour, like the Democrats and Republicans in the United States of America or the Labour Party or the Conservatives in the United Kingdom who hold on tenaciously to their political ideologies, no matter the odds.”