If the saying of the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is anything to go by, then the opposition political parties would have to work very hard, to establish firm grip at the Federal level.
PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur told journalists in Abuja that his party is not done yet with providing leadership at the national level.
He also speaks about the party’s plans for 2015 and to make this claim a reality, the national chairman took a giant stride as he decided to re-engineer the wheel of progress of the leading party in Nigeria and part of his reform was to appeal to aggrieved members of the party who defected to other political parties to return as he promised prospective returnees a special arrangement by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP that will assign special roles to them in the party’s reform agenda.
He said the party has been leading the country since 1999 and it is not ready to relinquish power to any opposition party for now so he advised that the party should remain indivisible and indissoluble as he pleaded to members who are aggrieved and left the party for opposition parties to re-join the ruling party so as to be part of the re-building process of Nigeria as all hands are needed to do so.
The party chairman said he accepted to lead the party not to acquire fame or fortune, but to give back to Nigeria much of what the country had offered him.
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who spoke to newsmen at his Abuja residence during the occasion of his 77th birthday, called on party members and the Nigerian people to support the transformation agenda of the Jonathan administration.
He said the PDP would soon engage its founding fathers, elders and other stakeholders in the task of rebuilding the party through reconciliation, based on equity and justice.
The PDP chair ruled out automatic tickets for members in the 2015 general elections, insisting that merit, record of performance and credibility of political office seekers would be the yardstick for determining access to power at all levels.
The National Chairman also promised that PDP will reclaim the states it lost in previous polls in the 2015 general elections.