PDP crisis: I’ve forgiven all –Bamanga
Category: Inside politics
When exactly are we having a chairman for the party board of trustees?
Well, on the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), it bothers everybody, but it isn’t executive at all. It is an advisory body: it is supposed to be collection of people, who are custodians of the conscience of the party, advising the party, how to get it right when the party is going wrong. So, it is going to come very soon.
PDP governors have been clamoring for NEC meeting; what is the party doing to fulfill that constitutional requirement of NEC every quarter?
Yes, the NEC meeting will be convened. Our job is to follow our constitution to the letter. Sure, the NEC will be convened. My job is to ensure adherence to what the party constitution says. So, there is no fear and I have always emphasised that the party is supreme. The party is above everybody, from the president, down to the councilor; they are all under that umbrella. PDP is an institution is above governors, president, and the chairman of the party.
There are fears that some governors may be victimized over their role in the recent crisis within your party..?
No, all my governors are my people. Let me tell you, we have no intention to victimize anybody. How can you even victimize your people? They are all commanders on the field. Every governor is my right commander in the field, therefore, I want to strengthen them and I want to help them, no more, no less. It is just people making stories out of nothing so that they can talk about it. I am in good terms with my governors, all of them; I like them to carry everybody along in their states and to follow my 12 point agenda.
What about the ten members of the PDP NWC that took decision on the Adamawa impasse, behind you, whom you described as having betrayed you. Have you forgiven them also?
I am a father! Once you are looking forward, you don’t look back again. We are one. We all can make mistakes.
What is your take on the ongoing merger talks between ANPP, CPC and ACN; don’t you see it as a threat to your party in 2015, especially with this crisis you are having?
No, if we do the right things for the people, after all, we didn’t stop anybody going into any party, but today we are the party in government.
I will continue asking people because we have to be fair and just and fulfill what we promised and people will follow us, because we mean what we say and we deliver what we promised, and we agree to do what our people want us to do.