The unique Assistant (Media) to the national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic celebration, Oliver Okpala, in this interview with JOHN ALECHENU, speaks about requires the removal of Bamanga Tukur as PDP Chairman and sundry concerns
You discuss so passionately about your most important, the national Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, why is this so?
the person, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, has contributed loads to the financial system and governance of this united states of america in and out of presidency, he is an extraordinarily large-hearted man. His data transcend the political and financial panorama of this country. Having assumed the place of national chairman of PDP, which is the largest political motion within the black world. It has not been straightforward managing his picture in the media. Even throughout the birthday celebration, it has been challenging. when I assumed office, I found out that the media projections of Dr. Tukur have not been commensurate with the efforts he has put into the party and his achievements against taking the PDP to bigger heights. He has made some landmark achievements with regards to organising the PDP as a formidable political entity, growing goodwill amongst the participants of the birthday celebration and likewise to ensure that the enormous umbrella of the PDP incorporates one and all and mainly instilling self-discipline inside the rank and file of the birthday party.
Why the emphasis on self-discipline?
No political organization can thrive the place there is not any self-discipline. If there is no self-discipline in any employer, what units in is anarchy and chaos. but Bamanga has been ready to instil discipline in PDP.
How do you respond to calls via aggrieved PDP governors for his elimination as national chairman?
Let me remind you that Bamanga Tukur is among the founding fathers of the PDP having been a member of the G18 that later transformed into G34, which later metamorphosed into what we now be aware of as PDP. Having been a founding member, he knows exactly the essence of setting up PDP as a celebration with the intention to take the interest of the commoners of this usa at heart. I don’t believe that as a father and founding member of the celebration, that he will wish to spoil the home that he built. No father ever tries to break a home he constructed; or not encouraging the children to have interaction in helpful actions.
the problem, you’re going to keep in mind, is that a few of these people who are political defectors, who found themselves as governors of different states during the fiat of PDP, don’t have in mind even the manifesto or the structure of our birthday celebration. As such, they don’t seem to be ready to understand who’s working strictly in consonance with these two documents. some of them usually are not even ready to correctly assess the efficiency of this nice man. a few of them are vast within the constitution of the All Nigeria Peoples birthday celebration, the place they got here from and you know, any person who comes into an organisation he used to be no longer a founding member of and finds himself in an exalted place would possibly not have regards for the norms of the birthday party.
Bamanga respects each person; he is aware of the cardinal objectives of the party as espoused by the founding fathers of the PDP. despite the fact that there is not any perfection within the behavior of human beings, none of his political actions may also be deemed to be inimical to the development of the birthday party. All he has been doing are strictly in consonance with the articles, letters and spirit of the PDP structure and manifesto.
What then is the issue between him and the aggrieved governors?
the one perspective the place some of these people have quarrelled with Bamanga is the side of self-discipline.
prior to now, a few of these governors took over the party construction and grew to become them into personal estates. they will appoint their brothers as chairmen, their sisters as chairpersons; in some states, nearly all the government is handpicked by way of the governor. Bamanga came and mentioned no this celebration belongs to the odd folks, they’re the actual house owners of this celebration. this is why this party was once arrange, it is in regards to the individuals, and it must be back to the house owners — the commoners.
some of these people who discovered themselves in exalted positions and have treated the birthday party like a private trade empire, were not ok with it. And consistent with the President’s pronouncement of 1 man, one vote, internal democracy Bamanga stands for all this and like I stated past they was uncomfortable. He mentioned by no means again will state executives be handpicked through a person without the behavior of clear celebration primaries.
Go to the national meeting; for those who check the home of Representatives and the Senate, you’re going to in finding that some of them have close relationship with powers that be within the states. In other words, if you are no longer very just about the corridors of power, that you could never aspire to be one thing or any individual related in the birthday celebration. Bamanga stated no, everyone has a proper on this birthday celebration, we’re all equal stakeholders, let there be inner democracy. for every place there need to be primaries. You take into account that the Anambra case, individuals went to courtroom and wished to power themselves because the celebration candidate however Bamanga mentioned no, and he stood via that and at the finish, it was once that candidate who went through the birthday party primaries that emerged and participated in that election as the candidate of the celebration.
Bamanga is a man that has made it in life, he is not an affordable particular person that you may buy over. He made money lengthy before he was chairman. Bamanga is the one non-head of state who used to be given the privilege to deal with the United nations in his non-public capacity as chairman of the African industry spherical table, he’s a man who is stated nationally and internationally. For the sort of man who has excelled in different sides of lives; for any individual because he’s now a governor to check out to undermine his achievements and sacrifices he has made for this usa is a disservice. What we will have to try to keep away from is, I believe, that people will have to now not conceal beneath the guise of politics to insult our elder statesmen.
We should recognize our leaders if we would like our followers to appreciate us. think about what a few of these governors did all through the unique convention. To stroll out unjustifiably out on the President of this united states sitting in the State box and you are a governor of a state, you did not most effective insult the individual of the President, you insulted the place of work of the President. In a way, it is a great insult on Nigerians at huge because the occupant of that office represents the sanctity of this united states of america. If it have been to be in a military administration, it was a coup. If in their very own states, they were sitting within the state field and their native government chairmen did that to them, will they take it? a few of them will go through the legislature to sack those chairmen but as a result of our President is an extraordinarily tolerant particular person and a thoughtful human being, he initiated a discussion board to discuss concerns and be able out. in spite of this they left the birthday celebration and went elsewhere.
Your colleague in Adamawa State said the departure of the state governor, Murtala Nyako, from the PDP has dire consequences for the fortunes of the birthday party within the state. Do you compromise?
i cannot even try to reply the man in accordance with Adamawa State on my own; let us generalise from the states where these individuals defected from. be careful, take into account that they have been elected on the PDP platform; the people who voted, voted for PDP and no longer for Nyako, the individuals who voted in Rivers, voted for PDP no longer Rotimi Amaechi, so also in other states. A tree can not make a woodland, if they can’t be mindful what is on floor, let there be any election in their states then they’ll recognize the electoral supremacy of the PDP. The PDP is a party for the people and through the people. there’s no method their defection can have an effect on PDP’s electoral fortunes in their states and at the Presidential degree.
we have now equally bought defectors from the other parties and got delegations from their states where birthday celebration member distanced themselves from the choice of these governors. They came here to claim they were not consulted prior to the defection so they are not a part of it. Even those in the APC in these states have given a transparent signal that they will not take a seat by means of and permit these governors come in and take over their constructions. alongside the line, they’ll discover that they’ve made a significant mistake. The PDP will come out higher; these problems will supply the PDP the margin of votes greater than ahead of. a few of them had been even liabilities for the birthday party within the states because they came with the luggage of their former parties. Now the odd individuals who own the birthday party will take again their party and take it to greater heights.
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