Tukur vows to enforce discipline in PDP

Bamanga tukur
Bamanga Tukur

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, vowed on Monday that henceforth the party would instill discipline among its members to check the increasing anti-party activities and sabotage as the 2015 general elections approach.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja to mark the 14th year of unbroken democratic rule in Nigeria, Mr. Tukur said the party would no longer tolerate indiscipline because of its desire to retain power.

At the PDP family dinner last Thursday, the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, Tony Anenih had asked the national chairman to ensure discipline in the party.

According to Mr. Tukur, the party is tired of receiving reports of anti-party activities leveled against its members in some states, adding that it would invoke the relevant sections of its constitution against any errant member.

He blamed the frequent breakdown of confidence among party members as well as the leadership on the failure to strictly enforce the provisions of the constitution against its members.

Mr. Tukur said that the founding fathers of PDP were serious with turning the party into a formidable party that must allow equity and fair play in its fold, adding that he would continue with it during his tenure

“People Say we have crises in our party. It may appear so, but that also shows that democracy is at play in the way we conduct our affairs. We are a family and like any family, we can disagree and then we will agree. We have mastered the game and that is the reason we have been keeping afloat,” the national chairman said.

“However, we are talking about discipline here. During the PDP family dinner, I emphasised on the necessity of party discipline in line with the vision of our founding fathers. We have our constitution to guide us in maintaining discipline. Our past failures to uphold discipline with sense of seriousness has been the reason some members act in very questionable manners.

“Today, everybody is talking about 2015 with expectations that we must win fairly and transparently. How can we achieve that if certain members of the party go against the rules with impunity, while nothing happens? We have had enough of inconsistencies and loose conducts, and today we say that must stop”

Mr. Tukur also said PDP would consolidate on the gains of democracy, which he claimed it has been doing since 1999.

On the Mid-Term Report presented by President Goodluck Jonathan last week, the national chairman said it would offer Nigerians the opportunity to assess the party-led government in the last two years with a view to monitoring closely its activities.


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  • Mani_Kay

    JONATHAN IS THE OGA AND AUTHOR OF INDISCIPLINE IN BOTH PDP AND GOVERNMENT!!!! Honestly, President Jonathan is the mother and root of indiscipline in both PDP and Government. How do you explain a situation where a President is in Abuja delivering his Performance Report for his first two years in office and his CBN Governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is in Dutse attending a much lesser State Government function in Jigawa State that should have been rescheduled for the sake of the Abuja function. It is instructive to note in this case that the CBN Governor is a Federal Officer and not a Jigawa State Civil Servant. Yet that same CBN Governor returns to Abuja and settles into his office without the President demanding his immediate resignation or announcing his suspension from Office for obvious irreconcilable differences with Government. If the President kicks out Sanusi for this act of indiscipline and spiteful conduct the heavens will not fall but others will learn discipline and know that poor conduct or indiscipline will at least come with a price they may or may not be prepare and ready to pay. Cont’d in Part 2

    • Oweja

      @Mini_Kay: I beg no suggest trouble o! You thin say Jonathan no get sense? How PDP go start discipline from the north? North!!! Heeeya! You wan start fire? You thin say PDP no see Lamido for ground, the man wey im picture dey as oga for poster where Amaechi too dey as boy-boy before them carry suspension nack for Amaechi’s head? You and I know say an average Ijawman na warrior wey get chest well, well. That na true. But e get some kind beetle wey lizard no go fit swallow. Hm! Discipline northerners! I no dey o!

  • Mani_Kay

    Just yesterday, I got talking with my auto-mechanic Mojeed, a Yoruba from Osun State. I asked him what he thinks about Buhari becoming the President in 2015. He vehemently told me that that man is not suitable to be President. He said that there are many things wrong with that man (I am using his own exact words). He further added that apart from the things wrong with the man, that the man is too old and should give way to younger people. On this note I challenged him and told him that Jonathan is young but we still have problems. He told me that much of the problems we have stem from the fact that Jonathan is not acting as he would expect a Commander-in-Chief to act. He said that there is so much indiscipline and everybody is doing as they like. (Again, I am using his own exact words). He used Obasanjo to give me an example of what he was talking about stressing that people are watching the way Obasanjo is misbehaving and yet the President is not calling him to order; consequently others are taking a cue from Obasanjo and behaving as they like. He asked me to explain to him why Obasanjo was not behaving this way during Yar’Adua regime. I told him to tell me what he thinks that the President should have done to Obasanjo and this was his reply: First he insisted that allowing Obasanjo to behave anyhow he likes is the major source and root of all the indiscipline we are seeing everywhere and that is seriously undermining Jonathan’s Government. Secondly he said that if he was the President he will summon Obasanjo and tell him as follows: Oga you know you have been a former President and you are also my senior; so I respect you well, well. But I did not disturb or act in any manner that destabilized you when you were President and would no longer tolerate your behaving in manner that is potentially destabilizing my own government. So I called you to give you last warning that you should stop misbehaving but if you insist on continuing to misbehave anything wey you see make you take am so!!!! Mojeed wished that Jonathan would begin to act decisively as a Commander-In-Chief. He said it is only then, and only then that the indiscipline that is undermining his government and people’s perception of him will stop and the country will benefit more there-from. Mojeed may not be right in all he said but some of the things he said are pointers. A word is enough for the wise!!!!

  • egberipapa

    This Fi di Fi pple will not cease to amaze an innocent unlooker, as if dey preside over goats and cows. How can their chairman be comparing internal democracy to indiscipline, so because PDP say so that would be IT. WHO ACTUALLY IS THIS PDP ? is it the pple that constitute it ? or an individual ? does it operate democratically or by a veto from one Mr. Fix it or Mr Presi?
    HOW CAN THE PRESIDENT BE SCHEMING FOR INCUBENT HAS A RIGHT OF 1st CHOICE IN 2015 & YET YOU DENY ONE OF YOUR OWN THE SAME RIGHT, as the avowed leader of the party cant you practice what you preach.
    Interestingly Ameachi is fighting on all front, First against the president & his wife, secondly against the party chairman for daring to man up against him in the case of Gov. Nyako, and then their is the hangers on in the party feeding from the present largese who are bent on doing the dirty job of the emperor led by Mr. Fix it who desperately crave to dismantle NGF structure to pave the way for non confrontation.
    But the trick is that the presidency & Mr Fix & the rebelling Governors have set a precedence, its called factionalisation !!! Let the president win the party ticket, he is bound to loose the seat, pure & since !! If they had ignored NGF and concentrated on working within & wining over PPA, APGA & Labour……d game woud have been different…..NOW MR JOE & D UROMI WITCH HAVE CREATED A MONSTER……..ENJOY D PARTY