By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—THE National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, cried out that the party was losing its members to opposition political parties.
He attributed this exodus to crises bedeviling the party across the country, just as he inaugurated an eight-member committee to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party in Kano State.
Speaking while inaugurating the committee which has a four-time Minister, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas as Chairman, Tukur who noted that there must be no communication gap at all levels of the party, stressed the need to reconcile all disgruntled members if the position of PDP as the leading party in the country must be retainedThe committee which has two weeks to submit its report to the National Working Committee, NWC, would determine the nature of disagreements among members as well as come up with ways to nip them in the bud.
Other members of the committee are former Borno State Governor, Mohammed Goni; Yerima Abdulahi, Senator Kassim Victor Oyofo, Yaro Makama Rigachuku, Abike Maina, Mohammed Wakil and Amb. Aminu Abdullahi.
The PDP National Chairman who recalled his election promise to pursue a policy of Reconciliation, Reformation and Rebuilding (3Rs) and to ensure justice and equity in the party, said, “we have got to reduce disagreement to the barest minimum. There are people who feel aggrieved. So, reconciliation is paramount.
“Our party is losing membership. When we started in 1998 up till date, we have seen many people gone. We can’t allow it to continue like that. These people are still there. They are members of our party. They are still there. It means that they like the party.”
Tukur, however, cited the instance of Edo State where he said the PDP lost the recent governorship election as a result of infighting in the party. He said: “See Edo, why did we lose the election? It was because of factions arising from misunderstanding. It is like big dogs fighting and the lead one came to take the bone away. It is important for me to reconcile our people, to rebuild our party and you cannot rebuild the party unless you reconcile.”
According to him, the PDP would constitute similar committees in all the zones of the country “to talk to our people, because we want to give our people good governance without imposition, without injustice.”
While noting that it was important to reconcile the PDP factions in Kano State, the Chairman, however, urged members of the committee to help the party achieve the noble objective it has set for itself, adding “Kano is important. If there is any misunderstanding, we want to reconcile. They are still in PDP but there are factions.”
He directed the committee to find out the problems and identify the cause of the problems as well as find a way to resolve them, adding that the opposition was watching and would exploit every opportunity.
Responding, the committee chairman noted that the party chairman had chosen men of integrity and honour, assuring that “we will carry out the assignment given to us faithfully and with integrity.”
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