By Emeka Nze,
The PDP Unity Forum has appealed to five governors and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who left the party to return now that normalcy has returned to the party.
The group, which recalled that they defectors left because of unfairly treatment then, said the existence of a new leader in the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has ensured sanity internal democracy as well as upholds party supremacy.
The National Coordinator, Chrs Okike, in a press conference yesterday in Abuja explained that circumstances which prevailed under the former leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led to the exit of the ex-PDP chieftains.
The Forum, however, noted that after the exit of Bamanga Tukur, the issue that led to the exit of the governors and other party leaders were fundamental and not entirely dependent on Tukur’s leadership style.
They blamed the issues like imposition of candidates, lack internal party democracy amongst others as responsible for the mass exodus that hit the party in 2014.
“It’s with a profound sense of responsibility and honesty that we address you today on this vexed issue in our political dynamics.
“Recall that sometime in 2014; some of our prominent and illustrious stakeholders especially Alh. Atiku Abubakar former vice president and others party stakeholders left the party for one reason or the other.
“It is no longer news, that the leadership of our great party then, exhibited monumental leadership flaws which is prominent among the reasons for our poor public perception and disdain.
“Lack of internal party democracy; impunity of a mind boggling dimension, selection against election, imposition against internal democracy and lack of respect for the outcome of a transparent internal process were prevalent”, the statement said.
The group said the opposition took advantage of the situation to attack the party and broke their ranks.
“Apart from internal sabotage which some few members of the committee have been suspected complicit in, it manifested a mind boggling level of ineptitude never known in the history of party administration in the entire country.
“Up till this moment, some serious observers of political development in this country still marvels at how a ruling party in Africans most affluent, prosperous and boisterous country could afford to lose five governors and many senators in one single swoop.
“Some of the biggest issues raised against the former leadership of our party is that it proved itself incapable of obeying the party’s rules and regulations and even her constitution.
“The quagmire our party had in some states which eventually culminated in the exit of our most illustrious governors in a single swoop is primarily as a result of these unfortunate but avoidable incidences,” the statement noted.
It would be recalled that Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and 37 senators decamped from the PDP to the APC.