PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur
By Mohammed Aminu
Sokoto State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday decried the crisis rocking the national leadership of the party, alleging that the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, was pulling the party backwards.
Speaking with THISDAY in Sokoto, the state Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Bello, stated that the party was drifting because of internal squabbles within the national leadership.
He added that the party was currently being derailed because of lack of purposeful leadership at the national level and undue acrimony within the ranks in the party while the opposition parties were busy scheming to weaken it.
Bello wondered why the national chairman would dissipate energy fighting his subordinates rather than working assiduously to ensure unity and harmony within the ranks and file of the party.
He noted with dismay the ongoing power tussle between Tukur and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, describing it as sad and retrogressive.
"What is happening in the PDP at the national headquarters is a source of concern. There is no way you will be a chairman of the party and still be fighting with your subordinates. This will not augur well for the party," he said.
The state party secretary noted that most of the state chapters of the party were not happy with the leadership style of Tukur, pointing out that the ongoing merger of the opposition parties in the country was not a real threat compared to the internal squabbles within the PDP.
Bello averred that the acrimony within the national leadership of the party might be its greatest undoing and could lead to its tethers end.
"The PDP is not threatened by the so called merger of the opposition parties in the country. The greatest threat to PDP is the crisis within the party itself," Bello stressed.
He however, expressed optimism that the problems bedevilling the PDP would be resolved soon through the concerted efforts of the elders of the party.