From Romanus Ugwu and Fred Itua, Abuja
A former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Bayelsa State, Mr. George Turnah has dismissed allegations that the party engineered the emergence of some militant groups, including Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to frustrate the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Turnah, who is running for the position of the 1st National Vice Chairman of PDP at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said PDP’s preoccupation is to ensure a robust engagement with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in order to keep the administration on its toes.
Turnah spoke in Abuja during the unveiling of his campaign team ahead of its national convention in Port Harcourt next week.
“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, East, North and some other places, and we are supposed to be seeking solutions to them.
“These things do not get us anywhere. When you make allegations, you should 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,” he said.
Turnah said PDP was due for a new mode of thinking, adding that the crisis in the party “is a family affair” which would 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 stated.