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Go Or Be Forced Out In 2016, Lamido, Aliyu Tell Mu’azu

Posted: May 15, 2015 at 1:48 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Insist They Won’t Leave PDP

By Chinwendu Nnadozie / Minna


Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and his Niger state counterpart, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said they have no plans to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), just as they are not part of those thinking of floating a new political party.

The assurance is coming against the backdrop of fears that many more prominent leaders of the party would abandon it in the days ahead, following its loss of power at the centre after 16 years.

Aliyu and Lamido have ever  joined the clamour for resignation of the Adamu Mu’azu-led PDP National Working Committee (NWC), which they said led the party to a “disastrous defeat’ in the general elections.”

Otherwise, they warned that the pack would be humiliated out when “the actual change will come in March 2016, when we would elect new leaders at the national convention of our party.”

Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido

Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido

Lamido, who was guest to Governor Aliyu, during the commissioning of the multi-billion Naira Shiroro bridge in Shiroro Local Government Council, particularly wondered: “How could you lead a party to disastrous outing in an election and you are still in place, take the blame for the defeat by quitting and if the PDP still wants you they will beg you to stay.”

Governor Sule Lamido however agreed that “it is not time for blame game. We should all accept that we made mistake and find ways to correct it in the future.”

Both prominent members of the PDP, who played pivotal roles in the forming of the new PDP (n-PDP) or the G-7 now part of the APC, said they remain resolute about not quitting the party, “not even in the nearest future.”

They however challenged the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to stop making excuses for why he may not fulfill his electioneering campaign promises to Nigerians.

“We will not tolerate any excuses because when you were asking for votes and making promises, there were no conditions given,” they added.

The governors, along with some other loyal party chieftains hope to provide credible opposition to the APC and hold Buhari “accountable if he fails to perform.”

Lamido spoke of their resolve not to allow those described as “intruders and interlopers take the PDP, reminding all that they had every opportunity and right to defect from the PDP, but “we are not going to form a new political party nor have we plans to do so. We will remain in the PDP whoever planted the story has made a mistake.

Describing the APC as, ‘Abacha apologists’, they added: “We believe that defection is not the best way to develop and entrench democracy, whatever you see today is designed by God it is not compulsory to be on the winning side always.

“We have both agreed not to leave the PDP. We dey kampe for PDP, we dey shelele for PDP,” they stressed, admitting that the loss of the Presidential election and many state should be a lesson for everyone, “after 16 years of being in power we should not be annoyed, we should not show unfaithfulness.”

Continuing, Aliyu said the defeat of the PDP should not be viewed as a rejection of any individual, but a referendum on the performance of the party in the areas of management of the economy and security.

Aliyu maintained that the Northern part of the country which felt disenfranchised by the inability of the Federal Government, voted against the party, because the people felt the PDP has not done enough to protect their lives and property.

Lamido who was particular about the unsavoury comments against the PDP and governance in the past 16 years added: “You must fulfill your promises, because there was no condition given on how to do it. Whether the economy is favourable or not, do not give us any excuse.”

He commended his Niger counterpart for embarking on the gigantic project which he said will save lives and improves the economic wellbeing of the people of the community and the entire state.