By Ali Alkali
As 2019 general election draws near, an arm of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) known as PDP Unity Forum, has called the former vice president Atiku Abubakar, senator, governors who left the party because of the lack of internal democracy that bedeviled the party in the past to come back home.
“We appeal that they should come back to PDP now that we have a new leadership that exhibit and cherish internal democracy and upholds party supremacy and constitution under the leadership of Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi.”
At a press conference addressed by its National Coordinator, Chris Okike, the forum said “After a vigorous but exhaustive consultations with the critical stakeholder of our great party nationwide, there is a consensus opinion that we should make concerted effort to persuade the governors and senators and other leader who justifiably felt aggrieved and left our fold to come back to their original party PDP.
“While some clandestine consultations is still ongoing, we, the PDP Unity Forum on behalf of the leadership of our great party humbly and most respectfully appeal to our most illustrious, industrious and famous governors and other respected party leaders to please come back to where they rightfully belong- the PDP.”
The forum recalled how sometime in 2014 prominent and illustrious stakeholders of the party, especially Alh. Atiku Abubakar former Vice president and other party stakeholders left the party because “the leadership of our great party then, exhibited monumental leadership flaws which were among the reasons for our poor public perception and disdain.”
“Events, since after the exit of the former National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, indicate that the issue that led to the exit of the governors and other party leaders were fundamental and not entirely dependent on Tukur’s leadership style issue as aforementioned like imposition of candidates lack internal party Democracy etc.
“Lack of internal party democracy; impunity of a mindboggling dimension, selection against election, imposition against internal democracy and lack of respect for the outcome of a transparent internal process were prevalent.”
The forum assured Atiku Abubakar and all other stakeholders who left the party that the biggest issues raised against the former leadership of the party that proved itself incapable of obeying the party’s rules and regulations and even her constitution, are now solved.