By: Sunday Oyewole
For the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), Tony Anenih, the time for pretext as far as 2015 is concerned is over.
He believes every politician that has political ambition in 2015 must begin the preparation towards realizing it now.
Consequently, the elder statesman has advised President Goodluck Jonathna to stop the hide and seek game and come out to let Nigerians know his intention.
Speaking on Sunday at a post-convention dinner for PDP chieftains hosted by President Jonathan at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, the BoT chairman, pointedly told the President to declare by October this year if he is interested to run in 2015.
According to him, the time is ripe enough for such declaration, insisting that preparation for 2015 must start now if the party is serious about winning.
“We must be preparing for the 2015 now; I think the time is ripe. I think between now, September and by October ending, we should tell our people where you are going. At the end of the journey by 2015, we will come back again like this to celebrate,” Anenih said.
The former Minister of Works, also spoke about the crisis within the party, saying the ongoing reconciliation would resolve it. He also assured party members that “We will not fire any shot and we will win the war”.
However, Anenih warned that recognition must not be accorded to any group of people that may constitute themselves to opposition within the party, assuring President Jonathan that the party elders are solidly behind him.
He said, “We should not recognize any opposition within the PDP. The elders are all behind you. At the end of this journey by 2015, we will come back again like this to celebrate”.
President Goodluck Jonathan in his remarks, noted that it was normal for people to disagree, describing the crisis rocking his party as “a minor disagreement” that will soon be resolved.
While noting that those who walked out of the last special convention are still within the party and could come back to the main fold, the President thanked party elders and Governors involved in the ongoing reconciliation.
“We all know that in all human institutions there must be some disagreements, the family will disagree. So, what happened, I believe is a minor disagreement that we must be able to resolve.
“We will resolve all our differences. Today, what I can only assure you is that PDP is intact and PDP will remain intact and PDP will continue to show leadership. These minor challenges will soon be behind us and all those who left will come back”.
Those who attended the dinner apart from the Bamanga Tukur-led newly elected national executive members were Vice President Namadi Sambo, chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Tony Anenih, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu and Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha.
Also present were former PDP national chairmen- Dr Ahmadu Ali, Barnabas Gemade, Vincent Ogbulafor, Ezekwezili Nwodo and Dr Bello Haliru.
Other party chieftains present were Andy Uba, Emmanuel Inwuanyanwu, Olabode George, chairman, convention planning committee, Prof Jerry Gana, Ebenezer Babatope, former Senate President Ken Nmamani, ministers and presidential aides.
The Governors present were Dr Theodre Orji-Abia, Saidu Dakingari- Kebbi, Ibrahim Shema-Katsina, Godswil Akpabio-Akwa Ibom, Ibrahim Dakwanbo-Gombe, Isa Yuguda-Bauchi, Jonah Jang- Plateau, Captain Idris Wada-Kogi, Ramallan Yero- Kaduna, Liyel Imoke-Cross Rivers, Emmanuel Uduaghan-Delta and the acting governor of Taraba state and Deputy Governor of Benue state.