The Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, marked its one year in office on Sunday at an elaborate ceremony where the National Chairman of the Party, Bamanga Tukur, admitted that a non-performing party could be voted out of power as easily as it was voted into office.
But 20 out of the 23 governors elected on the platform of the party, shunned the event held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Some of the governors merely sent representatives to the occasion, where the ruling party chieftains, one after the other, denounced the emerging All Progressives Congress, APC.
The three governors at the event were Idris Wada (Kogi) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), who is also the chair of the PDP Governors Forum, PDPGF.
President Goodluck Jonathan was represented by his deputy, Namadi Sambo.
Apparently sounding a note of warning to the four opposition parties merging into the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Tukur said PDP would go to any length to ensure the survival and success of democracy in the country, regretting that the sole aim of the merger was to grab power at all cost.
“The sole purpose of the gang-up of chauvinists masquerading as so-called progressive democrats in order to confuse the masses is to stop PDP at all cost, and grab power by all means, to serve their narrow irredentist agenda,” Mr Tukur said.
“We want it to be on record that our party acknowledges the right and entitlement of all political parties to exist and compete for political power. We acknowledge and respect the rule of the electoral practices and recognize that a party that does not perform well can be voted out of power as easily as it was voted into office.
“In a democracy political parties are not anti-system and anti-constitution in their mode of operation. National interest mediates all their engagements and actions.”
At the event, the Secretary to the PDP Board of Trustee (BoT), Jibril Walid, said the Board, PDP Governors’ Forum and the NWC have no disagreement, insisting that all the organs of the ruling party are intact.
He stated that the party is not afraid of APC, adding that PDP would beat the opposition parties seeking to fuse into one party
“Our party is not afraid at all of APC and I want to assure you that PDP will beat the merger party hands down,” Mr Walid stated.
Mr Akpabio, who represented the PDP governors at the occasion, dismissed claims that eight governors of the party are already planning to defect to newly-formed APC.
He said: “I want to dispel the rumour making the round that eight governors from PDP move to defect. I have spoken with them and none of them is making such move. It is a lie. Rather we are going to surprise the party. We will win more states in 2015.”
Mr Sambo warned those working against the interest of the party to stop it and unite for the interest of the party.
“Once we have restructured and rebuild, we are ready to face any opposition party. We advised opposition parties to join PDP,” the Vice President noted.