- Tony Anenih has blamed PDP's problems on party chieftains pursuing their selfish interests
- He said it was time for the opposition party to start rebarnding so it can wrestle power from the APC in 2019
- He stated that many of the politicians that destroyed the PDP are now in the APC which is nowhere to be found
- Also, Bamanga Tukur advised party leaders to shun ethnicity and religious bigotry
Chief Tony Anenih, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) has advised the leadership of the party to strive hard to rebuild the party ahead of the 2019 elections so it can challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing the party’s delegation who paid him a visit at his private residence in Abuja, Anenih said the pursuit of selfish interests by chieftains of the party put it in the sorry state it is in.
He expressed regret that the opposition party had missed many opportunities to organise the party, The Nation reports.
“Everybody wants to be national chairman, everybody wants to be the presidential candidate in the pursuit of personal interests and ambitions,” the former PDP BoT chairman stated.
He faulted the decision of the party leaders to wait for the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the leadership tussle between the PDP Caretaker Committee and the Ali Modu Sheriff camp.
Anenih stated that it was time for the party to start its rebranding process, adding that many of the politicians that destroyed the PDP have now found themselves in the ruling APC which according to him is nowhere today and only exists in the pages of newspapers.
“The PDP has a chance to choose a leader that will lead the country when President Muhammadu Buhari finishes his tenure. God will help us to choose the leader that will lead Nigeria,” he said.
The Edo-born politician who called it quit with active partisan politics late 2016, called on party leaders to strive to ensure a credible convention to elect committed leaders to run the affairs of the party.
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, a former national chairman of the party, who also received the delegation expressed delight that the PDP had kept faith with democracy.
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He urged party leaders to shun ethnicity and religious bigotry to enable it face the challenge of repositioning to win the 2019 general elections.
The PDP delegation first met with former president Goodluck Jonathan where they presented a report on re-strategising the party ahead of the 2019 elections to him.