Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has ascribed the defeat his party suffered at the presidential and gubernatorial election to lack of internal democracy.
He said he has been advocating for the entrenchment of internal democracy in the party for a long time regretting that the failure to heed his advice led to the unsavoury defeat the party suffered.
’’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.
While congratulating president elect, governors and legislators elect, Tukur charged them to ensure that peace and unity prevails in the country noting that they remain the prerequisites to an enduring development.
‘’We like to congratulate elected leaders and legislators who came successful and for those who participated but could not make it, there is another contest. I salute all of them,’’ Tukur said.
He implore all PDP members to remain steadfast and not allow the defeat to affect their morale adding that elections are like football competitions in which one team may emerge winner today and the defeated team may emerge winner tomorrow.
Tukur urged party members to go back to the drawing board re-stratagize and address the wrongs they committed to the party to regain its lost glory and winning streak.
He commended Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the polls adding that the feat has saved the country from implosion considering the tension that has built before the conduct of the polls.
‘’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.’’ he added.