By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— NATIONAL Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Wednesday, said that the party will not die, as it has come to stay as an institution despite threats from some quarters that the party will be buried by some of its members.
Tukur said that like democracy as propounded by Socrates, which outlived him and became universally acceptable, PDP will outlive those he accused as wishing it premature death and gain more recognition worldwide as the largest political party in the black Africa.
In a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Prince Oliver Okpala, he said: “It is unfortunate that in Nigeria, like in other advanced countries, orientation courses, seminars and retreats are not organised for elected governors to help reform and remodel them into being politically and socially civil in their public utterances, mode of dressing, social comportment and the norms of the society as against their past indoctrination and behaviour.
‘’This lacuna in our political structure has allowed elected governors to behave and talk in ways that desecrate the sanctity of the office of governor of states that they were elected to hold.”
Five PDP governors
It will be recalled that five PDP governors on Monday in Minna, Niger State, after their visit to former Military Heads of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdulsalam Abubakar, had said that if their consultations aimed at saving the party failed, the party would be buried.
Jerry Gana committee
Also yesterday, the leadership of the party inaugurated the Professor Jerry Gana-led Special National Convention Planning Committee, a month after it was put in place by the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party.
Inaugurating the committee, Alhaji Tukur agreed with the dates fixed by the convention national planning committee for the mini convention and South West congress to hold on August 31 and 24 respectively.
It will be recalled that following a friction between the party leadership and the committee, Tukur had last week ordered the committee to halt all preparations ahead of the convention and South West Congress, which it had earlier announced would hold on August 30 and 24 respectively. The party cited anomalies and breaches of the party’s constitution by the committee.
Tukur, who affirmed that the convention and South West Congress would hold as scheduled by the committee, urged them to ensure a free and fair convention. He asked them to make loyalty, patriotism the hallmark of their work.
In his response, the chairman of the convention committee, Prof. Gana said that the 14 subcommittees were expected to submit their reports next week Thursday, adding that the committee would start work immediately and urged members to report everyday to the office.