Defecting PDP Members will Soon Return to the Party – Tukur
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur has boasted that the members of the party who recently defected from its fold to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC would soon willingly return to the party soon.
Tukur told a team of Nigerian professionals in Europe on Wednesday in London, that measures being put in place by the PDP leadership and President Goodluck Jonathan, would encourage those who defected from the ruling party to return on their own.
Although Tukur did not mention the names of the defectors, he apparently had in mind, the five former- Amaechi, Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); and Musa Kwankwaso (Kano).
Apart from the five governors, 37 members of the House of Representatives have also left the PDP for the APC. Some senators are said to be planning to defect soon.
In spite of this, Tukur said the PDP had been welcoming more members into its fold compared to the number of those who had defected.
He claimed that going by the undercurrents within the political circles, the ruling party would experience an influx of new members this year.
According to him, many members of opposition parties, including the APC, have already signified their readiness to join the PDP.
A statement from his office explained that the professionals had sought audience with the PDP chairman on their interest to return to Nigeria with a view to offering their expertise in diverse fields for the growth of the country.
He told the professionals who are mostly medical doctors, information technology experts and engineers, that the PDP had always been in pursuit of reforms to make it stronger as Nigeria’s ruling party.
Tukur said what was happening in the PDP was rejuvenation, which many viewed as a crisis.
He said, “The PDP remains a party with the largest spread and tested strength to win elections any day, any time. I urge all our members in Nigeria not to be browbeaten by images of political delusion that confront them every day from different quarters.
“The PDP is at home to contain all forms of harassment by the opposition, either vaunted or intended. If it is a game of number in any election, you can always count that the PDP would have it greater.
“The good thing is that if five people move out of the PDP into the other party, even by a dint of propaganda, the party takes in more than 500 at a time, as replacement. The electorate in Nigeria trusts the PDP more than many people are aware of.”
Although Tukur admitted that the PDP was not having things smoothly at the moment, he said his team and the President were not relenting on their consultations with aggrieved members of the party.
“The PDP would, at the end of it all, be better and more prepared to do greater exploits. Our members should, therefore, enjoy the Yuletide and not allow any issue to keep them distracted and depressed,” he said.
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