Tukur Begs Obasanjo Not to Leave PDP
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has pleaded with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to rescind his decision of leaving the party as indicated in the letter written to him.
Tukur said this in reaction to a letter written to him and President Goodluck Jonathan, dated Jan. 7, 2014, by Obasanjo.
He said Tukur the PDP still needs Obasanjo’s fatherly role and experience to get the party on strong footing and to make it more formidable.
Obasanjo had, in the letter, raised some issues related to the PDP in the country’s South-West geo-political zone.
The letter had also conveyed Obasanjo’s decision to withdraw from participating in the party`s politics at all levels.
The party chair pleaded that the PDP has more pressing challenges, particularly in the coming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States as well as the 2015 general elections.
The party, he said, needed Obasanjo’s input to confront the challenges, stressing that the need for continuous dialogue and stronger partnership among stakeholders had become imperative.
He added that the party needed Obasanjo’s support contribution in the struggle to reclaim lost grounds in the South West geopolitical zone.
Tukur expressed appreciation in the manner the former President presented his grievances on the way the leadership of the party handled the crisis in the Southwest zone of the party.
”It is an honour that you deemed it fit and proper to intimate me with an issue important to your mind and our party in the south-west zone.
”It is my wish and prayer that such cordial and positive relationship will continue,’’ Tukur said.
The PDP chair explained that the crisis in the Southwest zone of the PDP had taken root before he assumed the leadership of the party, stressing that he did not act in any manner to aggravate the situation.
According to him, neither the National Executive Committee (NEC) nor the National Working Committee of PDP took sides in the crisis that engulfed the Southwest zone of the party.
Said he: “We came in when we were threatened with contempt of court charges for not obeying the court’s order to dissolve the south-west zonal Executive and remove some officers of the party.
“We complied with the court’s orders because of our belief in the rule of law and to avoid consequences of disobeying such orders.
“It is an honour that you deemed it fit and proper to intimate me with an issue important to your mind and to our party in the south-west zone.
“It is my wish and prayer that such cordial and positive relationship will continue between your good self; former President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our great party on one hand, and my humble self, the National Chairman of our party on the other hand.
“Buruji Kasamu came to limelight in politics as a result of the role he played in the politics of Ogun State where both of you come from. He later became a rallying point in the south-west following court orders in the series of cases brought about as a result of disagreements among leaders of the party in the Southwest and Ogun State in particular.
“In my opinion, Buruji became a rallying point because of the absence of a zonal executive in the Southwest. This vacuum in the Southwest has made him the person to whom many members in all the chapters of the party in the zone approach for one form of assistance or the order”.
Tukur indicated the decision of the party to conduct a zonal congress in the South-west zone to elect new zonal executive, in compliance with the orders of the courts.
For a successful conduct of the planned zonal congress, Tukur said Obasanjo and other leaders of the party from the zone ought to build a strong consensus for that purpose.
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