On Thursday, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State commented on the ongoing disputes within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it was improper to break pledges.
The Governor, who was interviewed by Sunrise Daily on Channels TV, appeared to blame Iyorchia Ayu, the opposition’s national chairman, for not resigning as promised.
The National Chairman had vowed to step down from his position should a northerner win the party’s presidential primary, which was held in June.
However, the National Chairman appeared to have broken his word by refusing to resign from office after Atiku Abubakar emerged as the front-runner.
This development had thrown the party into crisis as some Southern members had demanded the resignation of the chairman in the interest of fairness and equity.
This had also led to the withdrawal of Governors Nyeson Wike of Rivers State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and other members from the Atiku’s presidential campaign activities.
Speaking in the interview, Governor Udom noted that unkept promises exacerbated the crisis.
He, however, maintained that the ongoing fisticuffs would be resolved ahead of the 2023 elections, adding that no members of the party would be denigrated in the struggle.
He said: “If you promise to do something, do it. It is good to keep promises. PDP is a family and we’ll resolve the crisis in earnest. In the course of the campaigns, we would work out the solutions. It’s good to listen to people’s complaints and attend to them effectively. We sensationalise issues too much in this country.
“We’ll come out and sort things out to win 2023 elections. We can’t ignore any dissenting voices. Nobody will be ignored. We take up the issue head on and resolve it. The earlier we keep to promises as a country, the better for us. Let’s do things that are expedient to the peace and prosperity of the country.”