Adamawa - Bamanga Tukur, Peoples` Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, says reconciliation of Nigerians is critical to enthroning peace and development in the country.
Tukur said this on Monday in Abuja when a delegation of PDP members from Adamawa state visited him in his office.
The chairman, who spoke against the backdrop of the crisis in the state chapter of the party, said: `` a nation that is reconciled will have peace and security.’’
This, he added, would ensure security and attract investment to the country.
He expressed optimism that in spite of the country`s present security challenges, Nigeria would remain a strong indivisible entity.
Tukur urged PDP members across the country to work collectively to ensure that the party delivered democracy dividends to the people.
He stressed that though the party might not be in all the states of the federation, it was the ruling party and, therefore, had the responsibility to deliver democracy dividends to the people.
The leader of the delegation, Mr Paul Wampana, who was the immediate past National Chairman of PDP North East Zone, told Tukur that they were in his office to express their support and loyalty to his leadership.
Wampana, however, stressed that their loyalty to the party`s leadership would be based on its determination to address the issues of illegality in the party`s operations in Adamawa.
He expressed their support for the cancellation of the just-concluded primaries by the leadership of the party in the state, following allegations of illegality.
Wampana added that the cancellation of the primaries was an indication that the party’s leadership was poised to address the issues of illegality in the PDP.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party last week directed state chapters of the party to desist from conducting state primaries or congresses.
The NWC stressed that state primaries and congresses could only be conducted with the consent of the party`s leadership, stating that anything contrary to this was ``unconstitutional and illegal.’’
It called on the state organs of the party to henceforth comply with the party`s constitutional provisions, especially in Article 50 (1) of its amended constitution of 2012.