Factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff on Sunday canvassed for the need to reposition the party through a major political surgery.
The party said in a statement signed by the factional Acting National Publicity Secretary Mr. Bernard Mikko, in Abuja.
He recalled that there was a general consensus that PDP was undergoing stress and political hemorrhage arising from structural impunity, indiscipline and lack of respect for rule of law.
Mikko said that such action had compromised the party’s unity, strength and loss of focus on the key values that engendered public trust and electoral victory for PDP over a decade.
“To reverse these trends, a major political surgery has to be undertaken to get the party out of the grip of some selfish, lawless, and undisciplined individuals.
“ The individuals who have used our platform to public reckoning, but now want to make the party an exclusive property of theirs.
“The PDP as you know is the only formidable political institution that has remained so without change of name, slogan or nomenclature.
“The weakness and schisms within the hierarchy of our party today is as a result of violent disregard of our constitution, ethics and rules of engagements of divergent opinions within and outside the party,’’ he said.
Mikko said that politics is about building consensus and legitimacy to promote unity through equity, fairness and justice.
“The case before the court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division is essentially to determine the legality or otherwise of the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi led national caretaker committee which has no place in the PDP’s constitution,’’ he said.
Mikko said that the faction of the party was confident that the Appeal Court would cure the misgivings and error of judgment for which “Makarfi-led caretaker contraption is claiming legality.’’