By HENRY UMORU
ABUJA — NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, lamented that the control of South-West geo-political zone by opposition political parties was tragic to the PDP and charged the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson-led 31-member PDP National Reconciliation Committee to be focused to ensure that the party wins the zone in coming polls.
According to him, it was sad that the entire South-West except Lagos State, which was controlled by the PDP before the 2007 elections, was now under opposition political parties.
“Painfully, the entire South-West zone except Lagos was under PDP governments and there can be nothing more tragic than the present disturbing reality of losing that entire zone to the opposition.
“The birth of our problem in the South-West and indeed other zones can be attributed to the inability of our people to manage our past successes.
“The present leadership of the party is determined now more than ever, to reclaim the dominance of PDP in the South-West.
Speaking after being inaugurated, Governor Dickson observed that the nation’s unity had come under severe attacks by forces which are exploiting its diversity and making political capital out of it, adding that the stability of the country depended on the stability of the PDP.
Meanwhile, the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, who was at the PDP national secretariat to complain about his purported suspension this week by the leadership of the Ekiti State PDP led by Makunjuola Ogundipe over alleged violence, alleged that there were plans by the state working committee to impose a governorship candidate using a consensus arrangement.
“This has become a source of extortion leading to compromise of the state chairman and some exco members. This undemocratic consensus committee aimed at producing a particular candidate without the input of relevant stakeholders, has pitched our members against one another,” he said.