CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

Nigeria: PDP Throws Weight Behind Chairman

Abuja — NIGERIA'S ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) expressed its support of its chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur amid criticism of his leadership style.

This follows some disgruntled members reportedly quitting the party accusing him of dictatorship.

In a statement, the party said the majority of its members were solidly rooting for him to continue steering the affairs of the party.

“Alhaji Tukur as a founding father of the Party is a bridge between the original ideals of the formation of the Party and its contemporary existence.

"His understanding that the PDP is a broad based coalition that exist to cement the bonds of national unity is the reason he is very accommodating to all views no matter how they may be personally inconveniencing to him, a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, read.

The party further described Tukur as "an astute pan-Nigerian patriot, an African icon and global statesman whose sheer industry, hard work and dedication have positively impacted on the PDP in just over one year as the National Chairman.”

The statement listed Tukur's strides to include "a pragmatic approach to party administration through the relentless pursuit of the triple R agenda of Reconciliation, Reformation and Rebuilding which form the building blocks for a stronger and united party.

The party leadership also cited the positive relations between the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Executive arm of Government and the Legislature as another milestone of the Tukur administration, which has provided a common platform for a regular interface between both arms.

“Alhaji Tukur has ensured greater participation of the Party in the implementation of government programmes through regular monitoring of the performance of PDP members in government.

"The regular briefings from ministries, departments and agencies have helped reshape the approach to governance, making them truly accountable to the people.

"Similarly, the Tukur-led administration has strengthened the Party statutory organs at all levels to ensure that the efficiency at the national level is replicated at the zonal States, Local and Ward levels in accordance with the PDP constitution, manifesto and the visions of the founding fathers,” Metuh stated.

This, the PDP noted, was hugely responsible for the overwhelming victories recorded by the party in most of the bye-elections and local council elections held since 2012.

The party also commended its chairman for introducing “an uncommon spirit of sportsmanship” in the party which has seen it openly congratulate opponents in elections where the PDP lost and urged opposition parties to take a cue from this and ensure that political contests remained healthy and rancor-free. - CAJ News

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