Anenih warns Tukur, Baraje to desist from unguarded utterances

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Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday cautioned the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and the factional chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje to stop making statements capable of escalating the crises in the party.

The BoT chairman in a statement entitled, “A call for caution” said: “It is unfortunate that while the reconciliatory efforts are being made, some of our members are making inflammatory statements, intimidating one another and issuing threats of court actions. Such actions do nothing but harm the efforts at reconciliation.”

“Following the walk-out staged by some aggrieved members of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the special convention of August 31, 2013, there have been genuine efforts by the leadership of the party, including the President himself, to reach out and reconcile with the aggrieved members, using the numerous mechanisms for conflict resolution that exist in the party.

“A series of meetings have been held and more are scheduled to hold in the next few days.

“Like a good family, we must avoid open confrontation and allow the leadership of the party to effect genuine reconciliation. Conflict is not new to the PDP and as in the past, I am confident that, in spite of the differences, the current one will be resolved with the party coming out even stronger and more united than ever.”

Anenih also condemned the exchange of words between Tukur and Baraje, saying “To make preemptive statements while the process of reconciliation is still on is disrespectful not only to the President but to the party leadership. Such statements undermine the party and the enormous efforts being made under the transformation agenda of the Mr. President.

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