BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—AHEAD of the 2015 general elections, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur,Wednesday disclosed that plans have been concluded for a very crucial meeting between the National Working Committee, NWC, governors elected on the party’s platform and founding members to strategise.
According to him, if the continued existence of the party must be guaranteed, it has become imperative for the NWC to immediately hold a summit for stakeholders, including founders of the party.
Speaking yesterday when he received in his private residence in Abuja leaders of the party from the South-West, the PDP National Chairman stressed that the NWC will engage these governors in what he described as brainstorming session with a view to re-shaping and consolidating on the PDP electoral fortunes, ahead 2015.
Tukur also boasted that the party will regain all the lost states in the 2015 general elections, just as he said the PDP will no longer tolerate incompetent and discredited aspirants into positions of office.
According to him, the PDP was ever ready to launch internal democracy with its operations in all parts of the country, just as he promised that openness, transparency and fairness will be the watchword during the 2015 election.
The PDP National Chairman reiterated that the party has begun the process of consolidating on its electoral strength which the new reform being packaged by its National Working Committee, NWC, adding that the ongoing reform within the party in line with his 12-point Agenda of Three Rs. Three Es and Three Ds are designed to widen the horizon for PDP to retain the states currently in its control while winning the ones the party had lost by 2015.
The delegation was led by Chief Oyewole Fasawe, with Chief Ademola Adepegba; chief Remilekun Iyiola; Prof Ishola, among others as part of those who visited him.
Speaking further, Tukur who noted that with the new status of party supremacy being enjoyed by the ruling party, the sky would be the limit for it in executing all its progressive agenda, even as he urged every member of the party to contribute to the agenda, adding that the umbrella of the party was being reconstructed to make it more attractive and accommodate more political players who may wish to join the party.
According to him the new reform by the party would make it more robust, all encompassing, technology driven as well as prepared to deliver more dividends of democracy to all. Tukur noted that with the resolve by PDP to do things differently beginning from now, members of the party who had long decamped would find the PDP more attractive, while they would have no alternative than to reconnect with the party early enough before 2015.
Tukur said, “Some people are accusing us of not doing anything. But you and I know that we need not rush in embarking on actions aimed at making our great party regain its groove in political engineering and operations. We are, at the moment, making consultations with PDP elders, youths, women and every relevant groups on how best to take off so that we begin to regain the lost grounds, henceforth.
“I am saying that we have started reconstructing our beautiful umbrella and in the process, we will plug all loopholes, we will extend the shelter, we will strengthen the structure and make it more attractive to everybody. At the end of it all, PDP will rise up powerfully and prove its strength as the only National Party in Nigeria through subsequent elections that will be devoid of rigging.
“I hereby call on you our dear members in all states of the federation to join us in the process of making PDP the only attractive party with inputs from the youths and women most especially since we are now inclined to give more space to the youths and women in our new ideology and agenda.”