PDP Governors Defection to APC Shocking, Says Tukur
National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party,, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has said the decision of some governors in the Peoples Democratic Party to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC is shocking because it was a decision taken too far and a misdirected anger.
He said the decision of the governors was least expected because, according to him, doors of negotiations and dialogue were kept wide open by President Goodluck Jonathan and the party for all.Tukur who expressed shock said that dialogue with President Jonathan was still open.
Tukur is currently in China on the invitation of the government of the People’s Republic of China, where he said he is understudying some modern-day models of development.
According to him, “There is always a limit to demonstration of anger. If anger can cause you to pack all your bags and loads and then move into the home of your arch opponents, that to me is an anger so misdirected and it is unfortunate.
“We cannot ask anyone not to leave the party if he so decided. After all soldiers go, soldiers come. If any one leaves the PDP, many more people will join, it happens every time. All the same, I seize this opportunity to say to others who want to remain to stay back and join the process of re-building and reforming PDP”.
The PDP chairman insisted that the turn of events would not halt the ongoing reforms within the party and the desire by the leadership to entrench party supremacy, discipline and cohesion. He said: “I am currently in China to study some modern day models of development that China can offer on party organization and good governance. I have taken note of so many things here. We will adopt the good ones to complement the reform process that is ongoing in PDP.
“We cannot do it alone. We need the cooperation of the party and the cooperation of every member so that we can leave the primitive stage we always find ourselves and then link up with modernity.
“What we are saying is let us come together as a party to promote the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan who we elected to lead us in Nigeria.
“Let us put behind us those successions of crises and bickerings so that the President and leaders of the party could concentrate on governance and delivery of the dividends of democracy to all.”
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