Mu’azu says PDP will regain lost ground
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, has stated that he became the chairman at a time when the morale of members was at an all time low.
Mr. Mu’azu made the disclosure, Thursday, when he received members of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, on a courtesy visit at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
The chairman told the BoT members that as a result of the low morale, the PDP had lost a lot of ground in the country, and that the opposition took advantage of the situation to poach members.
Mr. Mu’azu, however, told his guests that all hope was not lost as the National Working Committee, NWC, under his leadership was poised to restore the lost ground. He urged members of the BoT to avail him and his team all necessary support and words of wisdom to help them achieve their targets.
“But I tell you, all hope is not lost. We are doing everything with our colleagues. In consultation with you, our leaders, and with prayers and support, not only will we regain lost ground, we will strengthen and get back to our proper leadership position in PDP,” he said.
Mr. Mu’azu described the 117 BoT members as the pillar of the party and the nation.
“I once told a friend of mine in a BoT meeting in Abuja that if a bomb were to go off as we are sitting now, and everyone dies, Nigeria will be in a stand still for one year because everybody that is anybody is in this BoT,” he said.
Mr. Mu’azu said a lack of consultation among members was what led to the problems of the PDP. He therefore promised to consult widely on decisions that needed to be taken for the party to move forward
“I assure you that what has been lacking is due consultation with regards to members, especially elders; this will be restored. The job is tough and these are tough times,” Mr. Mu’azu said.
Anenih digs at Tukur
Speaking on behalf of the BoT members, Mr. Anenih said they were at the party secretariat to pay the National Chairman a courtesy visit and congratulate him on his appointment.
Mr. Anenih noted that the BoT had noticed a remarkable improvement in the fortunes of the PDP since Mr. Mu’azu’s assumption of office. He urged the party chairman to maintain the tempo.
“From what we have seen in the last few weeks since your election, I think Nigerians have hope now, I believe PDP has hope. I also want to thank you for being a team player. Today we have a National Working Committee, as a team and no longer as a group,” he said.
Mr. Anenih took a dig at the former chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, for failing to go round the country to unite party members, and criticising the BoT when it took initiative. The BoT chairman said within the shortest time he had been in office, Mr. Mu’azu had almost visited the 36 states, contrary to Mr. Tukur’s disposition.
“Even when others and members of the BoT did that sometime in May last year, there were many criticisms by your predecessor. And when they say that your performance is already speaking for you, the performance of the NWC is also speaking for members. Having said that, this year is an election year, we have to develop and continue what you have started on the reconciliation efforts. Everyone counts. And when I see you moving from place to place, getting people back, I feel that very soon we can sleep with our two eyes closed,” Mr. Anenih said.