By Ehi Ekhator
People Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has reteirated that the five governors who abandoned the party for All Progressives Congress (APC) will return to the party.
He said that the plans President Jonathan and the leadership are putting together will make them have a rethink and return back to their party.
Five rebel PDP governors who initially called themselves NEW PDP defected to the growing party, All Progressives Congress, APC. They are:
- Musa Kwankwaso (Kano
- Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)
- Murtala Nyako (Adamawa)
- Aliyu Wamakka (Sokoko) and,
- Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara)
It was also reported that 37 PDP members in the house of Representatives and some several chieftains defected to APC last month and more are likely to defect if the problem not resolved on time.
Tukur in a surprising statement yesterday in Abuja was quoted to have revealed that more members from APC had been joining PDP.
He made the statement in an interactive session with some members of the Nigerian community in London.
His words: “Going by the undercurrents within the political circles, the PDP will swell with the influx of new members this year. Many members from the opposition camp have already signified their resolve to join the PDP.”
Tukur said the PDP recently underwent rejuvenation, which he said many interpreted as crises.
According to him, the PDP wouldemerge stronger, virile and prepared to surpass its attainments at the end of the wrangling.
He said: “The PDP remains a party with the largest spread and tested strength to win elections any day, any time. I thank you for this visit. I urge our members not to be beaten by images of political delusion that confront them everyday.
“The PDP is at home to contain the harassment by the opposition – either vaunted or intended. If it is a game of number in any election, you can always count that the PDP will have it in greater number.
“The good thing is that if five people move out of the PDP into the other party, even by a dint of propaganda, the party takes in more than 500 at a time, as replacement. The electorate in Nigeria trusts the PDP more than many are aware of.
“As the chairman of the PDP, let me say that we may not be having it smooth at the moment. The party and Mr President are not relenting in holding consultations with the aggrieved members.
“At the end, the PDP will triumph.”