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Mark Urges Anenih to Stop Raging Crisis in PDP


Senate President David Mark yesterday advised the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to end the raging crisis in the party and ensure that the warring factions close ranks in the overall interest of all members.

He told members of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), led by its Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, who were on a visit to the National Assembly as part of the ongoing efforts to seek suggestions of critical stakeholders on how to end the spate of crises plaguing the party that many PDP members were worried by the unrelenting crises in the party.

As part of the visit, the BoT delegation was also at the House of Representatives where it met behind closed doors with the House leadership.

While assuring Anenih and his team that the National Assembly would continue to work for peace, unity and progress of Nigeria, Mark warned against the continuity of the war of attrition within the party, emphasizing that it is unhealthy and capable of derailing the party.

Earlier, Anenih who had expressed appreciation to members of the National Assembly over what he described as their patriotism and loyalty to the party, said the volumes of bills and motions coming out of the federal legislature would help in keeping the nation together.

He also dismissed the frequent calls for the convocation of Sovereign National Conference (SNC), saying the symbols of the nation’s sovereignty are elected representatives in the National Assembly.

After leaving the Senate, the delegation moved to the House and met with the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, and other principal officers of the lower chamber of the parliament.

In his opening remarks, Anenih said the visit was a family affair to ensure cordial relationship between the legislature. He also said that regular  meeting of top level party leaders had become necessary particularly with the security challenges facing Nigeria.

In response, Tambuwal  told the delegation that the House would continue to work with  the executive arm of government in line with the provision of 1999 Constitution.

Anenih who got to the House at about 3pm, was accompanied on the visit by former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator  Abdullahi Adamu, Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun, Senator Barnabas Gemade and  Senator Hope Uzodinma.

On the other hand, Tambuwal received the delegation in the company with his deputy, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, House Leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande Adeola and Deputy House Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor.

The preliminary meeting which  was open to the media however witnessed  a mild drama  as the Minority Leader of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila stormed the venue of the  meeting unannounced  and engaged Anenih in a mock battle over the 2015 elections and the determination of the opposition to unseat the ruling party.

Gbajabiamila, a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), broke through the security cordon even after he was told that the meeting was for PDP members alone.

As soon as he gained entry, he went straight to  Anenih who jokingly invited him  to take a  sit beside him with offer of the ruling party's  ticket.

"We have been working closely with the party and the executive arm of government to do exactly what we have campaigned for on the platform of our party and we will  continue to give Nigeria the best as an arm of government, and as representatives of the people," he said.

The meeting later went into a closed door session. According to Thisday,  the meeting  discussed  the insecurity in the country, relationship between the executive and the legislature as well as the  relationship between  the ruling  party and other arms of government.

A source close to the leadership of the House said that the meeting held in a cordial atmosphere.

The source denied that Anenih and his team undertook the visit because of the seeming disturbing signals emanating from the House and the fears that Tambuwal was romancing with the opposition.

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