Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed
- Want blame games over defeat to stop
Chuks Okocha in Abuja
Newly appointed Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, has pledged to partner with the National Working Committee to return the party to the grassroots with a plea to members to stop the blame game over the party’s recent electoral loss.
He stated this on Thursday while addressing scores of leaders and members of the party who paid him solidarity visits from across the country following his recent appointment.
He stressed that rather than dissipate energy on blaming and pointing accusing fingers at one another over the outcome of the recent general elections, they should brace up, close ranks and devise workable ways and means of reinventing the party as a true national party which many Nigerians have known since 1999.
In a philosophical tone, he said that what happened during the last elections is not as important as the aftermath, contending that what happens when a man falls is not as important as what he does after the fall. He argued that the 2015 election was PDP’s defining moment which he said was only capable of bending it but cannot break it.
“This is not the time for finger-pointing and apportioning blames. This is the time that we should overlook the shortcomings of each other and look at the positive so that we can put our wisdom together and move the party forward in furtherance of the excellent democratic profile which our great party has earned among Nigerians over the years”, he said.
He emphasized that time had come to take the party back to the people at the grassroots where it was rooted, pointing out that this is the only veritable means of reconnecting the party with the people particularly those who left it after feeling disgruntled at the way they were treated and handled.
Dr. Bello Mohammed who led PDP to win the presidential election in 2011 as Acting National Chairman from January to June 2011 to become the Minister of Defence further said that the BoT under his watch will work closely and harmoniously with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to drive the party in the direction that gives opportunity to all members to contribute meaningfully to the process of reinventing the party in line with the dream of its founding fathers.