Former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu yesterday called for a compromise in resolving the feud between the national leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the aggrieved seven governors, popularly called G-7.
He said this was the only solution to the intractable crisis tearing the party apart.
Kalu noted that without both parties shifting grounds, the polity would remain heated unnecessarily. This, he said, would not favour the nation’s fledgling democracy.
The former governor said his solution to the feud was informed by his deep involvement in speaking to both parties on how to resolve their differences.
Kalu addressed reporters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his way to the United Arab Emirates.
He noted that the bickering between the governors and the Presidency did not portray the country in good light.
According to him, some sacrifices are necessary by both sides to give peace a chance.
Kalu said: “The President and the National Chairman of the PDP should also give in a little bit. They should both find a common ground for the unity of the party and for the unity of Nigerians.
“Nigerian people need more of democratic dividends than this impasse. This impasse has taken a lot – from the governors and from the President and from the party. It has been a terrific few months of quarrel. I had the opportunity of talking to both parties and I am in the middle of the quarrel because Nigerians deserve more good things to happen to them than this quarrel in the ruling party.
“It is not difficult to see the division in the ruling party. It is not good for democratic process; it is not good for the country. It is not good for the image of the country; it is not good for anybody.
“Even people in governments in the United States and European countries have occasionally asked me about it and I did not know what to say.
“Suffice it to say that in politics there is always room for quarrels. But the quarrels in the political process are always good for people to learn how to move forward.”
On how the crisis between the G-7 governors could affect the ruling party ahead of 2015 general election, Kalu said: “The party is going to be very formidable in 2015. We never doubted how formidable the party will be.”
Source: The Nation