The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, SAN, has said the ruling Peoples Democratic Party is always in crises because it accommodates all shades of characters.
He also stated that the opposition parties, under the aegis of All Progressives Congress, would not be able to defeat the PDP in 2015.
A statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Okey Muogbo, quoted the minister as saying this in Abuja during his investiture as the grand patron of a group, PDP Coalition for 2015.
Turaki, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, said, “The PDP has crises because as a party that accommodates people, it had allowed a lot of characters, who do not genuinely believe in its vision and manifesto but are merely looking for a platform through which to advance their ambitions.”
The minister also berated some unnamed members of the party, who he said indulged in anti-party activities.
He said, “They came looking for tickets and when they get it, they think it is every thing. What they don’t know is that their activities are overheating the polity.
“They would start their acts of indiscipline so early, including their diversionary tactics, which are capable of taking the focus of leadership away from main things, including the issue of good governance.”
On the threat by the opposition to take over power from the PDP, he said they had been “running helter skelter, regrouping and abusing the PDP” because the party was beating their expectation.
He said, “When you see opposition regrouping and becoming restless, it leads to the conclusion that PDP is doing well and beating their expectation.
“Because President Goodluck Jonathan has given leadership, they came together to collaborate and connive against us but theirs is a marriage of inconvenience. Their members are diametrically opposed to one another.
Turaki also called for an objective analysis of achievements of the present administration, which he said had done well in so many areas, including economy, transportation, agriculture and education.
He said, “Talking about the economy in concrete terms, there is real growth and a lot of confidence and a lot of people, who left Nigeria looking for greener pasture are coming back because they believe in the government of President Jonathan and the vision of the PDP.”