The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the voluntary resignation of its former National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and the peaceful resolution of its leadership challenges as the height of political maturity and another eloquent expression of the internal democratic mechanism that forms the party.
A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the development, which came against the backdrop of doomsday predictions by the opposition, had again show-cased the in-built conflict resolution capacity of the party.
“On Thursday, the selfless efforts of our leaders to re-engineer and strengthen our great party peaked with the selfless example of our former National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, who voluntarily resigned. It was a denouement which brought to the fore, the unimpeachable democratic features of the PDP as a political party whose leaders and members are at all times willing to sacrifice personal interests in the overall good of the party and the nation. This is a true character of a political party attuned to the essentials of progress and national unity”, the statement said.
It also said the development had re-affirmed the capacity of the PDP to internally resolve all its challenges and by extension hold Nigeria together.
“By this very development also, we re-established with emphasis that the interest of the people is primary to every consideration in our party and that no amount of sacrifice is inconceivable in service to Nigeria”, the party said.
The statement noted that the peaceful manner with which the ruling party had continued to resolve its problems was an assurance that the challenges currently facing Nigeria would equally be surmounted.
“We therefore wish to send a fresh clear signal to the opposition and detractors who must be hugely disappointed with the outcome of our National Executive Committee meeting that the PDP has come to stay and shall continue to win elections, having been deeply rooted in the province of the people”, it said.
The statement declared that the party had shown a perfect example for the present and future generation of politicians to copy, adding that the greatness of any political party was not only a function of its numerical strength and diversity, but the patriotism of its leaders, the relegation of personal interests and the supremacy of the will of the people.
The statement, therefore, applauded Mr. Tukur for his determination to push through his ideals on the reform of the PDP, and paid tribute to the “wise and unbiased” disposition of President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders of the party in resolving all party challenges.
It also assured Nigerians that the PDP would continue to be united so as to give all the needed support to the efforts of government to transform Nigeria and improve the living conditions of the people.