Fair-weather friends leave PDP for APC — Mark

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Ahead of to­mor­row’s non­elec­tive con­ven­tion of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Sen­a­tor David Mark, has called for a hitch-free con­ven­tion to strengthen the party.

Mark, in a good­will mes­sage to del­e­gates to the con­ven­tion, craved for a peace­ful con­ven­tion that would fur­ther unite the party and give all faith­ful a sense of be­long­ing.

Sen­a­tor Mark tasked the Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Okowa-led spe­cial con­ven­tion com­mit­tee not to leave any stone un­turned to guar­an­tee a hitch-free ex­er­cise.

“We have come this far through a tor­tu­ous jour­ney. We can­not af­ford to make an­other mis­take that could af­fect the for­tunes of the party in the days ahead,” he also coun­seled.

He re­called his pledge never to dump the party af­ter it lost to the APC in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions.

“Even if I will be the last man stand­ing in the PDP, I will re­main in PDP. I have no rea­son what­so­ever to leave the party.

“I have risen to where I am on the plat­form of the party. The PDP has a man­i­festo and I be­lieve in it. Those who are de­camp­ing from PDP to APC are fair-weather friends of the party.

“So, the point I want to make is that I re­main in PDP and I will work hard with other faith­ful mem­bers to bring it back.

“This is democ­racy; there will al­ways be a win­ner and a loser in ev­ery election. Both par­ties must ac­cept the out­come in a free and fair con­test and move on,” he had said.

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