The immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Thursday broke his silence over the just concluded general elections in the country and attributed the shocking defeat of his party to lack of internal democracy.
Speaking to newsmen in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Tukur said the failure by party leadership to heed to his advice led to the loss of power by the ruling party for the first time since 1999.
“We have been preaching election not selection, internal democracy not imposition. Anywhere it was done, it will leave a bitter pill in the mouth”, Tukur noted.
The former PDP chairman congratulated the president-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), governors and legislators, urging them to ensure unity and development, peace and unity in the country.
“We like to congratulate elected leaders and legislators who came out successful and for those who participated but could not make it, there is another contest. I salute all of them”, Tukur said.
He, therefore, advised PDP members to go back to the drawing board and remain committed for the party to regain its lost glory.
“I am very happy for the peaceful conduct. Before the election the country was very apprehensive, more so that we have seen people who are displaced from their abodes reminding us that it was lack of peace that brought them out”, he added.