Abuja - The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Thursday said the party would reclaim the South-West in the 2015 elections.
Tukur made this known when he inaugurated Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa-led 30-man National Reconciliation Committee.
He said the PDP was determined to reclaim the South-West, saying it was painful that the zone, excluding Lagos which used to be under PDP was now under the opposition party.
The chairman attributed the crisis in the zone and some parts of the country to the inability of its members to manage past successes.
He, therefore, charged party members in the South-West particularly to work harder to ensure victory for the party in the zone and to bring Edo back to the party.
Tukur said the reconciliation of aggrieved members was critical to ensure that the party reclaimed the South-West in 2015 elections.
"There is no gainsaying that we need reconciliation to be our guide for the success of the party ahead of the next election,’’ Tukur said.
He said the committee was a critical necessity to hasten the realisation of "quick wins" in the party reconciliation platform.
Aside the South-West, Tukur identified Anambra and Imo, South-East; Edo, South-South; Nasarawa, North-Central; Borno and Yobe, North-East; and Zamfara, North-West; as areas of concentration for the committee.
Responding on behalf of other committee members, Dickson described PDP as the strongest force holding the country together, irrespective of its diversity and threat to its existence.
According to him, a large platform such as the PDP cannot be devoid of tendencies of conflict of interest and all manners of crisis from time to time.
Dickson, therefore, tasked political players to play the game according to the rule of engagement.
He thanked the party leadership for appreciating the need for peace across the country and the confidence reposed on the members.
The governor urged the party members to work with the committee to make it stronger to ensure its electoral victory.
"As party members, we must be credible, discipline, fair and firm and improve our mechanism for internal democracy for the selection of party candidate.’’ Dickson said.
He expressed optimism that though the assignment was challenging it would deliver on its mandate because of the calibre of its members.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee is expected to facilitate the reconciliation of party members and leaders in target states, particularly non-PDP states.
It is to provide the template that will make the party organise credible primaries and select candidates for elections.
It is expected that the committee will support and work closely with similar committees that had earlier been constituted by the party.
Asheik Jarma and Umar Damagun, will serve as the Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the committee, respectively.