A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Bayelsa state, vying to become the party’s Deputy Chairman, Barr. George Turnah has debunked allegations that the party was behind the formation of some militant groups including the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, to frustrate the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja shortly after collecting nominations forms for the deputy chairmanship position ahead of the party’s National Convention, Turnah stressed that the renewed militancy is a regional issue and has nothing to do with the PDP.
He stated that what the party is concerned about now is reposition itself and to robustly engage the government in power in order for Nigerians to derive the best benefits of democracy.
According to the politician, “You are journalists and we all can remember that the media had reported before now that MEND was dead. Sometimes, when it suits us, we like to make issues out of nothing. We have problems in the Niger Delta, North East and some other places and we are supposed to be seeking solutions to them.
“These things do not get us anywhere. I know that allegations, when you make them, you also take further steps to prove them, you do not just make such weighty allegations. Who takes pleasure in taking blood? We may not all be angels in the party, but when you talk about militancy in the region, it is purely a regional issue, of a people asking for their rights and other privileges, it is not a PDP matter.”
Turnah, who added that the main opposition party was due for a reset and new mode of thinking, assured that the crisis in the party is a “family affair” which would soon be sorted out for the greater good of the majority.
“I assure you that what is happening in the PDP would soon come to an end, not through the courts anyway, we are going to talk to ourselves and people would have to shift grounds, make some concessions in the interest of all,” he declared.