I Will Reconcile Atiku And Wike If I Emerge PDP National Chairman – Suswan

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Gabriel Suswam, the former governor of Benue State, expressed his intention to bridge the gap between Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike if he is elected as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Suswam emphasized his belief that he is the most suitable candidate to lead the PDP in opposition against the All Progressives Congress (APC).

During an interview in Abuja, he highlighted his strategy to unite all disgruntled party members and steer the PDP back on course by resolving internal conflicts.

He said:

 “I joined the party in 1998 and have remained there unlike some that keep jumping from one party to another.

“Those who are calling on me to take up the job say I am the ideal man because I am not controversial.

“I know the party in and out; I know the characters. I also believe that PDP needs somebody who can interact with all the major stakeholders.

“Getting them to discuss requires someone they can trust. I am close to key leaders like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and FCT Minister,Nyesom Wike, so it won’t be difficult for me to bring them together to a roundtable.

“I have my plans on how to bring everyone on board. Once we can iron out the issues, PDP will be back on track.”

He further stated that the ongoing crises within the PDP are a result of the actions taken by infiltrators who have been strategically placed by the party’s adversaries to cause its downfall.

He added:

 “There are many moles and betrayers in the party, they’re planted to kill the party.

“What PDP wants now is proper leadership and once we have the right leaders, thethe party will rise again. God willing, PDP will bounce back.”

Suswam recalled that the party had been in control at the national level for 16 years before falling apart when some members began to act as untouchable “lords”.

He said:

“Such arrogance affected the psyche of the Nigerians and they resisted the arrogance and started looking for alternatives.

”They were not happy and internal crises set in within the party and that is how PDP lost out,” he said.

“The All Progressive Congress (APC) has been in power for about nine years now and Nigerians believe PDP did well in spite of its shortcomings.

“There are many people waiting for the PDP to organise itself.

“Power is waiting for PDP; people love PDP. We only need to think together, we have to reason together,” he said.

Suswam bemoaned the rate at which certain high-profile PDP members, including as former Imo governor Emeka Ihedioha, were quitting the party.

“It is regrettable that key members are leaving. Some have told me they are leaving because of a lack of leadership within the party.

“You need a forward-looking leadership that can boost our confidence. Once we have that in place, those leaving us will come back.

“One major problem is that the major stakeholders of the party do not have confidence in the current leaders and so they are giving up.

A lot of people want to stay, but they do not see much hope. Others want to join the PDP, but the crisis in the party is discouraging them and those that are leaving are doing so out of frustration, not that they do not like the party.

“We can resuscitate the party once there is confidence in the leaders. Once PDP can unite, we can win elections anytime in Nigeria and all we need to do is to put our house in order,” he said.

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