The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Bamangar Tukur, yesterday, said the party would face a “heavy” war ahead of the 2015 elections, saying “there is a group that just came up (in veiled reference to APC) and wants to sweep the mat off our feet”.
Tukur, who was speaking at a reconciliation meeting of the PDP North West Zone at Murtala Mohammed Square Kaduna, told estranged members of the party, “PDP is all about patronage. We are going to dole our patronage to all our members who remain in the party”.
Continuing, he said: “I am here to tell all our supporters about the virtue of patience. Patience is such a priceless thing, that the Hausa people say, ‘a patient man can cook a stone and drink its sauce’. I want to plead with our members in this zone to imbibe this teaching; this is because without patience, we will all be in disarray. And we cannot afford to be.
“Because there is a heavy war ahead in 2015. A group has come up and wants to sweep the mat off our feet. We cannot allow that to happen. Because the PDP is the only party that is not religious, not sectional or tribal. We are one big party, and we intend, and we must remain so.
“What I am saying here is what I told our supporters in the South West. They are not happy, because of the problem they face in the party in that zone, a minority has taken over power there.
“Let me inform you. The PDP stands for patronage. We are going to give patronage to all our members who have contested elections and lost. There is enough in the party to go round everyone. There is no need to leave the party”, he said to the cheering of those present which included National Working Committee members of the party.