Akin Akande, Abuja
A group, the Society for Defense of Democracy, has disclosed its plan to mobilise 37 million people for the People Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 presidential election.
National Coordinator of the group, Mohammed Musa Bako, who expressed the willingness of the group to mobilise support for the party to win the 2015 election, added that mobilisation would commence from the North with 19 million people from the 19 Northern states.
Bako berated the splinter PDP and the G7 governors for their constant attack on Tukur, and their criticism on President Goodluck Jonathan, adding, “Why are they afraid of Bamanga Tukur? We will tell them that we are tired of their leadership in the North.
“Let them show us what they have done in the eight years they have being in office,” the group said.
The group, which paid the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, a courtesy visit at the party national secretariat, however, said that the G7 governors challenging President Goodluck Jonathan should laud his administration for infrastructural development in the North instead of demanding for alleged agreement signed by him before he assumed office in 2011.
In his remarks, Tukur vowed that there was no going back in the struggle to reform the party and entrench democracy and good governance in the country.
He said the party would not relent in its effort to seek for peace, unity and reconciliation of differences among members.
Said Tukur: “No going back in this struggle to entrench democracy and good governance in our country. No going back for seeking for peace and unity and reconciliation of our differences.
“I want all of you to understand where our family is and family always will adjust and move forward and do what is the best interest of the family.
“I can assure you in our journey to rebuild our party based on equity and justice, there is no going back. Our process of ‘election, no selection,’ that is what is going to happen. Our philosophy of consensus, not imposition is what is going to happen.
“When you have a strong united and peaceful political party you are sure of having a good developmental programme for the nation.
“I have listened with rapt attention from all the three groups why they are here telling us they are all for peace and unity and development. We are very encouraged. What I am going to assure you here is the inclusiveness of our party.
“It is a political party but it is also a family platform. No stranger in our political party, we are all stakeholders. I can assure you in our journey to rebuild our party based on equity and justice, there is no going back,” he said.
Meanwhile, two other groups that paid Tukur a courtesy call also drummed their support for the President and the party National Chairman.
The leader of Arewa Political Women Frontiers, Hajiya Ramatu Mohammed said that her group supported the Tukur led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, pointing out that the North was tired of rumours and was ready to support the leadership of the mainstream PDP.
Also speaking, national coordinator of Hope for New Nigeria Global Initiative, Kingsley Isong, called on the Bamanga-Hope project to aim at mobilising support for the party in 2015.