We will reclaim all lost states in 2015 – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it will reclaim the states it lost in previous polls in the 2015 general elections.

According to the Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, the PDP National Working Committee had started making electoral reforms to achieve the aim.

Tukur spoke when PDP members from the South-West, led by Chief Oyewole Fasawe, visited him in his Abuja residence on Tuesday evening.

He told the delegation that the party would not field any “discredited candidate” in any of the elections.

He said with the supremacy status being enjoyed by the PDP, the sky would be its limit for it in executing its progressive agenda.

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, in consultation with PDP elders, youths, women and every relevant group on how best to take off so that we begin to regain lost grounds, henceforth. By 2015, we wish to regain all the states we lost before.

“I am saying that we have started reconstructing our beautiful umbrella and in the process, we will pluck 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.”

Tukur added that the expected openness would also make those who have defected to other political parties to have a rethink on whether they would like to return or not.

Already, he said, the party was planning to hold a summit which would be attended by its founding fathers and governors.

The summit, according to him, will enable the party to discuss modalities for its reform and how to consolidate on its electoral fortunes before 2015.

Apart from Fasawe, among those at the meeting were Prof. Ishola Odelola, Chief Remilekun Iyiola and Chief Ademola Adepegba.

Meanwhile, the PDP has insisted that there was no formal invitation sent to the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by the Democratic Party of the United States to attend its recent national convention.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday asked the ACN to apologise to Nigerians for allegedly deceiving them with the claim.

“PDP advises the ACN to apologise to Nigerians for embarrassing the nation and for bridging our proud people to ridicule before a foreign political party,” the PDP said.