Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) national convention billed for Port Harcourt, Rivers State , former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has for the umpteenth time cautioned party leaders and faithful against impunity or imposition of candidates.
Senator Mark recalled that the defeat of the PDP in the last general election was akin to self inflicted injuries on account of imposition of candidates and the impunity of some leaders.
Senator Mark said at a meeting with executive members of the Benue State chapter of the PDP in his Otukpo country home yesterday that it is incumbent on our leaders and members to allow the popular will of the people prevail at the congresses and convention.
The former Senate President urged members of the party to remain steadfast with the PDP as a party of choice just as he frowned against cross carpeting at will because of the current challenges.
Senator Mark stressed that such inconsistencies neither enhance the sustenance of democratic culture nor the integrity or credibility of politicians who decamp.
He stated , ” If we must uphold the sanctity of democratic culture , we must follow the path of honour like the Democrats and Republicans in the United States of America or the Labour Party or the Conservatives in the United Kingdom who hold on tenaciously to their political ideologies no matter the odds”.
He restated that no matter the challenges, he will not leave the PDP , a platform he said has afforded him the opportunity to contest and win elections since 1999.
Senator Mark reminded party faithful to work hard in the days ahead as credible opposition and over come the challenges.
Briefing Senator Mark earlier on the affairs of the PDP in Benue State, Chairman of the party Mr. John Ngbede said the party is now United and working as one family for good.
Ngbede however listed the challenges facing the party to include cash crunch situation hindering the activities of the party which he requested Senator Mark to help address.