National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Monday, described 2015 as a year of serious electoral battle, which, he insisted, the party must win in its desire to fast-track the process of change as envisioned by the transformation agenda of the present government.
To this end, he asked every member of the party to brace up for the task of winning the next round of elections in Nigeria, as according to him, the PDP had President Goodluck Jonathan’s mandate to widen its grip on power by winning no fewer than 23 states by 2015.
Tukur made this known on Monday when a caucus of the party from the South-West, led by Professor Taoheed Adedoja, paid him a visit at his residence in Abuja.
He maintained that for the purpose of delivering the presidential mandate of winning more states without cutting corners during any election, Tukur advised the PDP members to close ranks and prove to the world that it has indeed, been the party with the widest spread in Nigeria.
According to him, “we need to work hard now because we have a presidential mandate to move beyond 23 states in our control and win at least 32.
“We have to show electoral strength this time. In doing it, we will work hard and work well. We will move with the speed of jet and we will deliver without any foul antics.
“I use this opportunity to appeal to our members to bury the hatchet and cast away whatever forlorn hope they nurse about the future. I appeal to our members to begin to invest in the future right away and doing so involves hard work, diligence and dedication to the cause of PDP.”