The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Owelle Okorocha has said that the resignation of the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Alhaji Bamaga Tukur, would not make members of his group return to the party.
According to him, Tukur’s resignation, would make no difference.
Okorocha, who said that the problem of the PDP was beyond Tukur, boasted that the defected governors and lawamkers in his party would not return to PDP, if ten PDP stalwarts of Tukur calibre resign.
Briefing journalists shortly after an emergency meeting of the APC governors, held at the Lagos State Governor’s official residence in Marina, Lagos, Okorocha said that the PDP lacked internal democracy, which according to him, is responsible for the myriad of problems plaguing the party.
He said: “Bamaga Tukur’s resignation means nothing to the All Progressive Congress, APC”.
“This is because Tukur isn’t the problem of PDP but the problem is the party itself that has failed to live up to the expectations of Nigerians.
“The defection of some governors from the party has nothing to do with Bamaga Tukur. Those who left didn’t leave because of Bamanga Tukur, they left because the party had not lived up to the expectations of Nigerians,” Okorocha said.
He gave the assurance that the APC was ready to learn from the ‘fall’ of the PDP by ensuring that the tenets of democracy were entrenched.
“Whoever can give Nigeria what they want and who has something up stairs should lead irrespective where he comes from.
“The stomach does not know religion or where someone comes from,” he said.
He expressed displeasure over the democratic government practised in the country, saying the ruling party, PDP was scared of losing election, which according to him, was responsible for the culture of impunity by the PDP-led federal government.
On defection of lawmakers to other party, Okorocha urged the leadership of the National Assembly to remain consistent by respecting the rights and privileges of members to choose the political party of their choice without intimidation.
SOURCE: National Mirror