Bamanga Tukur Chides Obasanjo, Insists On Pursuing Reconciliation in PDP
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Bamanga Tukur has again rebuffed former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the latter’s opposition to the return of some party leaders who had left the party over some disagreements. Tukur’s disregard for Obasanjo’s own idea of party discipline was again reafirmed today when the party chairman restated his resolve to reconcile warring factions in the party ahead of 2015 election.
In total disregard for Obasanjo’s position, Tukur has recently begun to readmit the former president’s sworn enemies into the party fold. Some of them include former governors of Ekiti and Ogun states, Ayo Fayose and Gbenga Daniel respectively.
Speaking while receiving the report of the Shuaib Oyedokun led peace committee that reconciled factions in the Benue chapter of the party, Tukur insisted that nothing will stop him from reconciling aggrieved members of the party, adding that the party must take the step if it has to win the 2015 elections.
According to him, “We will continue to reconcile warring factions within the party nationwide because we need to be united before we can win elections and deliver the goods to the electorate. There will be problems but we need to listen to the grievances of aggrieved members for us to build a strong party. We need to be united to build a strong government and to build a strong nation.”
While presenting the report of the peace committee, former vice chairman of the party in the south west, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun noted the squabbles in Benue chapter of the party had made five previous attempts to conduct party congresses in some local governments in the state in the past fail, stressing that attempts by some chieftains of the party to exclude perceived enemies from the party were the root causes of the crisis.
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