No faction, just contending interests in PDP – Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday denied that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is factionalised. He however, stated that there are “contending interests” in the party, The Nation report.

Ekweremadu spoke at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, where he attended the national convention.

Ekweremadu, who was in the company of Caretaker Chairman Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said “what exists within the PDP are only contending interests, which is normal in any political family”.

He said: “For the purpose of clarification, there are no factions within the PDP family as I speak. What we have are contending interests. Such is common in any party. Yes, there were some disagreements, but the good thing is that we have not allowed such disagreements to degenerate into a major crisis that would warrant factions.

“Instead, what happened in Port-Harcourt at the weekend further confirms PDP’s capacity to resolve issues in favour of laid down precepts and in the overall interest of our great party and nation.

“I am sure what happened in Port-Harcourt remains a disappointment for those who were expectant of major crisis and factions in the PDP because we emerged from the convention more determined to change the change, to save our economy, reposition the electoral process, and make life more bearable for the suffering masses of Nigeria again.”

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