A group on the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Counsellors Forum has described the former chairman of the party, the Ambassador-at-large, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the best Chairman of the party ever.
The group said the needless removal of Tukur as the PDP Chairman has been responsible for the crises currently bedeviling PDP in nearly all the states of the federation.The Councillors said Bamanga Tukur meant well by the agenda of Rebuilding and Reconciliation he attempted to introduce to the party to take it back to its past glory.
The Councillors made this known during a courtesy visit they paid to the former PDP Chairman at his Wuse 2 residence on Thursday.
Spokesman for the group, Honourable Collins Monday Onogu said those who conspired to remove Tukur as the PDP chairman never meant well as he identified selfish interest as the motive for the gang-up against Tukur.
Collins said PDP has been moving from one chaotic situation to the other because it is bereft of sincere and committed leadership like Tukur, who he said understood the nuances of running the ruling party because he is a co-founder.
He expressed disappointment that PDP has started floundering as a party, a reason the officials have no regards for the youths who, according to him, have always been defending the interest of PDP at the grassroots.
The PDP youths, he said, had successfully attracted about 32, 000 members from APC into PDP, from all parts of the federation, explaining that the National Officials of the Party have not offered any support for the youths in spite of their efforts in assisting to build the PDP.
While urging Tukur never to relent in assisting the PDP under any capacity, the Counselors called for the intervention of the former PDP chairman on their behalf to ensure a proper integration of the youths into the overall agenda of the party, particularly during the period of the coming elections.
Responding, the Chairman thanked the Councillors for their visit and words of encouragement as he entreated them to continue to support the PDP for success in the coming general elections at the grassroots.
Tukur seized the opportunity to drum support for the candidature of President Jonathan in the coming Presidential election on the basis that the President had excelled on his duty post given the spread of the dividends of democracy to all parts of Nigeria now.
He said Jonathan commands appreciable followership from across the federation given the mammoth crowd which he said greeted his declaration for Presidential election some few days ago.
He told the Councillors that it is only when they continue to support the ruling party that they would in turn get the avenues to better their lot as members.