Former PDP chairman says PDP remains Africa’s greatest political party.
A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, has asked Nigerians to engage in constructive criticisms against President Goodluck Jonathan, rather than doing so with a view to pulling down his administration.
Stating criticism was not bad, Mr. Tukur, who resigned as PDP chairman last month, said some Nigerians were merely criticising the president and that such negative criticisms would not offer anything good.
He spoke when a group, Goodluck Support Group, GSG, visited him in his residence in Abuja.
Reiterating that Mr. Jonathan was the most criticised president in Nigeria’s political history, Mr. Tukur, however, said if their criticisms did not change a given system, it was null and void.
“Criticism in itself is not bad but if we want to criticise, make it constructive,” the former PDP chairman said. “If your criticism does not offer anything, it is negative and does not offer anything. You criticise because you want to make things better and if your criticism does not make things better it is null and void.”
Mr. Tukur pleaded with Nigerians to learn to support their leaders.
He noted that despite the views of the opposition, the PDP remained a strong party, which had formed strong governments and strong economy.
“Our party is the greatest in Africa. If you say you are a Nigeria you must support your leader and if you don’t I doubt your originality. We should be strengthened to provide good governance.
“This cannot be done without the support of people like you. We need to support our leader. No matter your religion, they will always tell you, pray and support your leader.
“We all also need to support our party. We all believe that Nigeria is our own and if that is so, we need to be tolerant so we can be a great nation.”
The deputy National Coordinator of GSG, Eddy Olafeso, said earlier that Mr. Tukur’s maturity in his approach to issues made Nigerians to be proud of him. He said the way Mr. Tukur took his resignation as PDP national chairman, had helped to deepen democracy.
Stating that the GSG had 3000 groups across the country, Mr. Olafeso said the events of the past that led to the death of many Nigerians in the previous election maybe very painful.
“The only way this thing can be dealt with is through peaceful development and the provision of employment,” he added.
He said the problems of Nigeria predated Mr. Jonathan and that the president did not need to be abused by Nigerians.
Mr. Olafeso said the president had done more in the past two and half years of his administration than past administrations, especially in the area of power supply.