Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said that he warned the party before it lost most seats in the just-concluded National and State elections across the country to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
He attributed the defeat of the party to lack of internal democracy in the conduct of its affairs.
Tukur said in Yola, Adamawa State yesterday that due to the imminent repercussions inherent in disrespecting internal democracy, he had been advocating for its entrenchment in the party for long and regretted that the failure to heed his advice led to the unsavoury defeats the PDP suffered.
He said: “We have been preaching election not selection, internal democracy not imposition. Anywhere it was done, it will leave a bitter pill in the mouth.’’
While congratulating the president-elect, governors and legislators, Tukur charged them to ensure that peace and unity prevail in the country, noting that they are prerequisites to an enduring development.
Tukur said: “We like to congratulate elected leaders and legislators and those who participated but could not make it, there is another contest. I salute all of them.’’
He implored 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 also urged party members to go back to the drawing board re-strategise and address the wrongs they committed for the party to regain its lost glory and winning streak.

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