Lagos lawmaker and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Victor Akande, on Saturday said that any further litigation would ruin the chances of the party in 2019 General Elections as many followers would have left.
Akande, representing Ojo Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly made the plea following an Appeal Court judgment in favour of Ali Modu-Sheriff.
He appealed to the Ahmed Makarfi led faction of the PDP to “sheath their swords’’ and rally round Modu-Sheriff.
“I think this judgement should put an end to all leadership crisis rocking our party.
“We used to be one family before. This latest judgement should bring all of us together to reposition the party.
“I wish all the aggrieved leaders would sheath their swords.
“Makarfi’s faction should not proceed on any legal tussle again. What is needed now it unity before it will be too late for PDP.
“The party has suffered so much through this division and infighting. The party is daily depleting as we have lost so many members to fracas in the party.
“Just on Thursday, six out of eight of us in the Lagos Assembly including the Minority leader defected to APC. This development made me wept for the party.
“Any further legal tussle will not help the party again. It will delay the chances of coming back to power in 2019’’
He urged the Makarfi group to respect the agreement by both factions to accept the ruling of the Appeal Court wherever it turned.
“How I wish the Makarfi group would come and embrace peace and rally round Modu-Sheriff to move the party forward.
“It is high time we forged ahead and forgot things that set us backward,’’ he said.
Akande who urged PDP stakeholders to shun selfish interest in the interest of the party, said he did not join his colleagues who defected to APC because of his faith in the party.