By SONI DANIEL, Regional Editor, North
Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has issued a timely warning to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to make urgent amends to calm frayed nerves within its fold or be ready to face more depletion of its rank.
Lamido, who has already visited the new National chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, and ruled out the idea of dumping the PDP for the APC, warned however that the PDP was not in the best of shape ahead of the 2015 and should therefore take necessary steps to put its house in order so as to win the support and goodwill of its members nationwide.
According to the governor, last week’s resignation of Bamanga Tukur as the National Chairman of the party will not do much to assuage the feelings of aggrieved members, as the action was belated.
Describing the exit of five governors from the party as unfortunate and painful as a result of the refusal of Tukur to carry them along, Lamido blamed the former chairman for creating unnecessary divisions within the party and causing image problems for it and Nigeria in the process.
The governor said that the party should not assume that all was well with the removal of Tukur but should make genuine move to reconcile aggrieved governors, members and other stakeholders so as to stabilise the party and make it to win in future polls.
The governor said, “Unfortunately, Tukur embarked on destroying the various organs of the party. For instance, for a whole year, he never held a NEC meeting. People are aware of this and the fact that he took several profound decisions all by himself.
“So the party was being run as Tukur’s personal estate, as he systematically estranged other stakeholders. So there was impunity on the part of Tukur. He was creating divisions and a serious sense of disunity among the party members.
“And we began to wonder if the ruling party in Nigeria becomes reckless and irresponsible by way of doing things then Nigeria is in trouble. So the damage has been done already and easing Tukur out under pressure is a little bit late.
“Just look at the consequences of the action: how can the party lose five of its own governors to the opposition in one swoop?
“The consequences and the collateral damage arising from the action of the former chairman have negatively affected our party and country’s image largely because the issue goes beyond PDP.
“What has happened is an embarrassment to the entire country because our democracy is being destroyed. People stood under very difficult conditions to vote for the president and his party and at the end of the day you are destroying the party and the hope of the electorate by despotic actions.
“How can the Nigerian people trust you again?” the governor asked, adding the danger is that if we don’t do things right in PDP, we will never be respected within and outside the shores of Nigeria.”
But in order to put things right and restore the confidence of estranged members, Lamido suggested the empanelling of what he called Truth and Reconciliation Committee to bring back such members and enhance the fortunes of the party in the election.
The governor also said that PDP must admit that it was wrong and apologies to those it offended in order to move forward, assuring that he had no presidential ambition as being rumoured in certain quarters.
According to him, those who flew his presidential ambition kite were simply doing so to blackmail him and score cheap political points.