Please return to PDP, Tukur begs defectors
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- THE National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur yesterday pleaded with aggrieved members of the party and those who left to in the spirit of his birthday return to the fold.
He said if they do that, it will be the greatest honour that will be done to him.
Tukur who is marking his 77th birthday yesterday, promised that the PDP would make special arrangement for members who are prepared to return to the party to feel comfortable, adding that plans have been concluded to engage them in the ongoing reform.
The PDP national chairman who noted that special roles will be assigned to them, said,
“For us as to be one, indivisible and indissoluble political party ruling Nigeria since 1999, it may be necessary for me to beg our members who are aggrieved and hence left the party into different strange camps to come back home. It is time to re-build Nigeria and all hands are needed to do so.
“The umbrella is big enough to accommodate all of us. So our members who left us should please come back into the party so we can resolve our differences and begin to move on as one people for one Nation Nigeria”
Tukur who said that he did not accept the position of national chairman to acquire fame or fortune, explained that he came on board to give back to Nigeria much of what the country had offered him all along to become who he is today.
The PDP National Chairman who urged members of the party and Nigerians to support President Goodluck Jonathan to succeed in his Transformation Agenda, however reiterated that the PDP would soon set machinery in motion to engage its founding fathers, elders and stakeholders in rebuilding the party through his 12-point agenda of Reconciliation, Reformation and Re-building based on equity and justice, such that PDP would continue to remain in the saddle with spread to all parts of the federation.
On the security challenge in the country, Tukur said that the PDP has always been in league with Federal Government and security agencies in their efforts to mitigate the problem and return Nigeria to the path of peace.