The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared on Friday it will go ahead with next month’s national convention in Port Harcourt, despite Thursday’s ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, restraining the party from organizing the meeting.
“We are yet to see any judgement suspending the national convention. Whichever way it is, if we decide to appeal and we are given accelerated hearing, nothing will stop the convention,” the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr.Walid Jibrin, said in Kaduna.
Jibrin told reporters that efforts to destroy the party by “internal and external forces” will fail.
He said the PDP was already taking necessary steps to resolve the stalemate and restore the party’s lost glory through genuine reconciliation and mediation.
He said: “It is bound to happen, challenges from both internal and external forces are bound to happen.
“We are engaging in genuine reconciliation and mediation that will make us come out stronger to win Edo and Ondo governorship polls, the rerun election in Rivers and capture power in 2019.
“We will get the judgment copy and study it and thereafter take necessary actions.
“But whoever is out to destroy our efforts, particularly the Edo primaries, God will not forgive such person because we have all the INEC documents authenticating the Edo primaries.”
He asked party members who are in court against the party to withdraw such immediately.
He also appealed to supporters of the party who may be frustrated by the unfolding events to remain calm and shun personal attacks on individuals.
He said: “We have observed the interest purported to be shown by some people who are committed to killing PDP. We will X-ray the situation because we are opposition party dealing with issues that will help Nigeria rather than abusing individuals.
“The BoT is up to the task to resolve the problems after due consultation. God will not allow anybody to be used to destroy the party.”