The mainstream faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday moved towards defusing tension in its fold as it resolved henceforth not to escalate the crisis in the party by engaging its splinter group, the New PDP and its seven governors in further verbal war. The party’s National Working Committee (NWC), after a meeting in Abuja, said it would no longer respond to comments from the breakaway group, led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, in order not to endanger the ongoing reconciliation being carried out by President Goodluck Jonathan and other party leaders.
At the September 15 peace talks between the two factions of the party in a communiqué had urged both sides to sheathe their swords so as not to aggravate the tension in the party. It was also learnt that the president had reiterated the need to keep peace to facilitate the healing process embarked upon by party leaders at the last meeting between the two sides on Monday. The issue to maintain peace in the party topped the agenda of the NWC meeting yesterday as the PDP resolved to take all necessary steps not to endanger the peace process by engaging in recriminations with the New PDP.