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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