President Goodluck Jonathan says disagreements and healthy debate are an essential ingredient of democracy and difference of opinion has helped to keep the People Democratic Party strong in the last 14 years.
The President spoke at State House Abuja during the PDP family forum which stretched into the early hours of Friday.
Aside from National Chairman Bamanga Tukur's garbled sometimes incoherent speech most of the speakers at this event focused on what could be done to fix the many schisms which were threatening the strength of the PDP.
Nevertheless the party stalwarts agree that the party remained strong and had done well over the last 14 years of democracy producing the government of the count
But perhaps the most valid point of the night could be attributed to chairman of the Board of Trustees Tony Anenih who said the controversy rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum. Was an embarrassment that. Could not be allowed to stand.
But as a true elder he balanced up, praising the party for doing well and advocating for automatic ticket for the President, Lawmakers and Governors. going for 2nd term in the 2015 polls.
President Jonathan buttressing all that had been said all evening challenged PDP office holders not to be deterred by the sometime harsh criticisms from the opposition
This PDP family forum was an avenue for members of the PDP to interact and exchange ideas.
They admit that there are problems but believe the prospects are strong for the ruling party.