PDP Losing Members – Tukur 4 years ago 1

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday raised the alarm that  it was losing membership.

It said the rate at which aggrieved members were leaving its fold was worrisome.

The  National Chairman of the party,  Dr. Bamanga Tukur, however, said  on Monday, that there was the need to reconcile all the aggrieved members of the party across the country.

He spoke  while  while inaugurating a committee to reconcile feuding members of the party in Kano State at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

Tukur pointed out that the loss of Edo State to the Action Congress of Nigeria in the last governorship election was a confirmation of the fact that the PDP was losing strength.

If the trend was not stopped, he said, it could affect the fortune of the party in the future.

He added, “We believe in justice and equity. Go and reconcile the individuals and factions where they exist. For us to have a united party, we must reconcile all.

“There are some people who left our party  because they are aggrieved. Reconciliation is paramount to us. Elders like you who are going to look into this are also better placed to handle it. We want our party to continue to win. We did not start like this.

“We want to continue to win and the only way to do that is to bring in people. Our party is losing membership. This was not how we started in 1999.

“We lost election (governorship) in Edo State because of factions and misunderstanding. It is like a case of two big dogs fighting and the small one came to take the bone away.”

He said this was the reason why he took reconciliation serious when he was elected as the national chairman of the party, adding that the seriousness he attached to reconciliation informed his decision to take the matter to the National Executive Committee of  the party.

Tukur said that some members even stayed within the party to work against it.

 He told the committee, headed by Alabo  Tonye Graham-Douglas, to “meet with party members who felt neglected” in the state(Kano).

However, there are indications that the PDP had started pushing for the appointment of more politicians as ministers.

It was learnt that the leaders of the party reasoned that the appointment of more politicians rather than professionals would assist the party to prepare for the 2015 poll.

It was, however, gathered that  President Goodluck Jonathan  had so far resisted such pressures on the grounds that ministers should be given more time to prove their competence.

The party, it was further learnt , believe that there was the need to have those “who can be useful to it financially and morally because the fight for 2015 has begun.”

“We have such problems in some states where professionals were picked and they are not contributing to the growth of the party both in their states and at the national level,” a chieftain of the PDP told one of our correspondents on Monday.

 Meanwhile, indications have emerged that  Jonathan might not carry out a major cabinet shake-up that could  lead to the removal of some ministers until next year.

Investigations by The PUNCH revealed that although the President had concluded arrangements to replace two former ministers, performance would form the basis for dropping some ministers next year.

Investigations revealed that the performance contract signed by each of  the ministers last month might be used as a yardstick for assessing them.

The President had during the signing of the contract said it was not meant to witch-hunt anybody.

 “It is to remind all of us, from President to Directors-General, to Advisers and other aides that we are representatives of the Nigerian people, and we are accountable to them at all times,” Jonathan had said.

Haliru Bello was recently fired as Minister of Defence while Barth Nnaji resigned penultimate week as power minister.

Jonathan had last Wednesday expressed his readiness to forward the names of those he proposed to replace the two  to the Senate immediately after the lawmakers resume from their vacation.

 A top government source said on Monday that the replacement of Bello and Nnaji would not amount to  a cabinet reshuffle.

 “The Ministries of Defence and Power are peculiar ministries that need experts to man. In replacing the two, the President set out for those he feels could fit appropriately into the vacancies so there may not be need to begin to move ministers around in the name of cabinet reshuffle when the new ones come on board,” the source said. Home Page

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