PDP Defends Anenih, Says No Rift Between BoT Chairman And Tukur
SAN FRANCISCO, April 09, (THEWILL) - The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that there is no truth in the claims by a group calling itself Forum for Equity and Justice that there is a rift between the National Working Committee headed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chief Tony Anenih.
Maintaining that Anenih and Tukur are working towards the progress of the party, PDP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, Tuesday, said “nothing has been more beneficial to the PDP than the election of Anenih as the BoT Chairman and the NWC is committed to giving him all the support he needs to achieve his mandate.”
PDP therefore urged its teeming members to completely disregard those it described as amorphous groups and continue to work together as a family, in line with the visions of the founding fathers of the party.
According to the party, “We are aware that this group of meddlesome interlopers and political jobbers with no fixed address has been commissioned to stir up controversies and to portray the BoT as working at cross purposes with the NWC.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC and the BoT are united and committed to providing the necessary political direction for the party.
“The leadership of the party reiterates that the Chief Tony Anenih led-BoT has in no way usurped the functions of the NWC. His reconciliatory visits complement the reconciliation and consolidation tours embarked by the NWC and they have been yielding desired results.
“The NWC is solidly behind the activities of the BoT in further uniting the party which is central and cardinal for the party ahead of 2015.
“Anenih, as one of the founding fathers of our great party, has always been in the political mainstream and commands the respect of all PDP leaders and elders.
“He has proven to be highly effective in handling party issues and has been acclaimed as one of the greatest political minds the nation has ever produced.
“In fact, nothing has been more beneficial to the PDP than the election of Anenih as the BoT Chairman and the NWC is committed to giving him all the support he needs to achieve his mandate. The Board of Trustees is made up of men and women of high integrity who are the conscience of the party. Most of them are experienced statesmen and women who played key roles in the formation of the party. The party therefore stands to benefit a great deal from their wise counsel at this critical moment.”