Bamanga Tukur, PDP Chairman
By Chuks Okocha
In what looks like hitting the ground running, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Wednesday made good his promise to reconcile aggrieved members of the party as he ordered the secretariat staff of the party to ensure he receives the complete report of the reconciliation committee headed by former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
Also in a veiled reference to critics that he has not made financial contributions to the party, Tukur gave an insight into how he paid the first two years rent to the pioneer office building of the party located in Katanga Street, off Monrovia Street in Wuse 2, in Abuja.
Last Tuesday, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar paid courtesy visit to the new national chairman of the PDP. Governor Nyako paid similar courtesy visit to Tukur on Sunday. THISDAY gathered that the visits of the duo was to pledge loyalty and support to the new national chairman of the PDP.
Speaking after a facility tour of the Legacy House, the campaign office of the party, the national chairman directed the staff to make available to his office, a complete report of the reconciliation report headed by Ekwueme. The report of the reconciliation report, otherwise known as the “Ekwueme’s Report” has come to represent the manual for reconciliation within the PDP. The committee was set up by the former national chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor. The report set out the fundamentals for the reconciliation of aggrieved members of the party.
Tukur told newsmen that the only way to reconcile dormant founding members and other aggrieved members is to ensure that the committee’s report is implemented in full by ensuring that all aggrieved as well as founding members are reconciled.
He said, “there are many aggrieved and founding members who are now dormant in the affairs of the party and with the implementation of this report, PDP will be working towards a total reconciliation of members.
“The problem with such organisation as big as the PDP is the management of success and it will be in the interest of the party to ensure that all aggrieved members are reconciled and dormant founding members become active in the affairs of the party”, the national chairman explained.
Speaking when he visited the Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI), Tukur subtly debunked the allegations that he never contributed to the development of the PDP said, “I paid the rents for the first two years of the pioneer office of the party and yet some people accused me of not doing anything for the party”. He was taken round the PDI, by the Director General, Anthony Ubani
He also visited the 10-storey new national secretariat of the party located at the central business area, where the French construction company, Bouygeous, handling the project told the Tukur-led National Working Committee (NWC) that the building has reached a 45 per cent completion level.
Tukur told the company that the party will ensure that all challenges militating against an early completion of the building is addressed.