Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sunday Mirror www.nationalmirroronline.net
G7 to PDP:
We’re running out of patience with Jonathan
He said, “You are aware of how we are being chased around, sort left and right, from Sokoto, to Kano, everywhere. It shows that we are now the beautiful bride of Nigerian politics today. Suitors are after us and of course you know that suitors can only follow beautiful brides. “The reason why they are following us is because they know that with the calibre of people with the new PDP, you cannot talk of anything meaningful in politics without these leaders. “A state like Kano with its high population figure, you can be sure that the impact of such state in any political calculation can be unimaginable. Similarly, a state like Sokoto, apart from being the head of Muslim society, they have a say in who becomes what in Nigerian politics. This also applies to Adamawa, Jigawa, Niger and the other states that are in the new PDP. You can’t be talking of the presidency of this country when you don’t control these states, they will have a greater say in determining who occupies Aso Rock.” The faction’s spokesperson said that it would be foolhardy for the PDP under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to think that he can approach the 2015 general election without the G.7 governors and numerous other party
he new PDP has said that President Goodluck Jonathan has a few days’ grace left to meet the demands of the faction or risk losing the faction. The new PDP led by former PDP National Chairman, Abubakar Baraje also has in its faction some notable bigwigs in PDP such as the former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Group of Seven governors from the party, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), and Sule Lamido (Jigawa). The leadership of the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress led by former military leader, General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has continued to woo the governors to join the APC. They had told Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso in Kano emphatically that: “We are here on a very tough and ruthless recruitment drive.” The APC delegation who were in Sokoto to meet with Governor Wamakko State on Tuesday also met Governor Lamido in Dutse, Jigawa and Governor Aliyu in Minna, Niger with the same message. But speaking exclusively to Sunday Mirror, the spokesperson of the group, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka said that the faction’s patience is tried beyond bound and warned that unless President Jonathan quickly addresses their grievances as soon as possible, it would have no other choice than to move into the opposition camp. According to Chukwuemeka, the new PDP because of the respect they have for President Jonathan, it would wait until he resumes fully to duty after the pilgrimage vacation and the burial of his mother in law.
Former Kebbi State governor, Adamu Aliero
leaders who have since identified with their cause. “All these while, we have been preaching peace, nobody wants to take us seriously. This is unfortunate because these are the same people who are planning to
YOU ARE AWARE OF HOW WE ARE BEING CHASED AROUND, SORT LEFT AND RIGHT, FROM SOKOTO, TO KANO, EVERYWHERE. IT SHOWS THAT WE ARE NOW THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE OF
NIGERIAN POLITICS TODAY. SUITORS ARE
AFTER US AND OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT SUITORS CAN ONLY FOLLOW BEAUTIFUL BRIDES
go to election, it shows how unserious they are. The fact remains that no one can undermine our impact in the political system. “We are proud that our importance is being recognised by political heavyweights because they understand that any group we join should start preparing to occupy the villa. Any group that undermines us is not serious for the 2015 election.” Chief Eze said: “having said all these, we cannot take any stand or side within the group until we have the meeting with Jonathan because we are men of honour, we respect our President. We have to hear him out and he has to also hear us and until after that, we will decide.” Meanwhile, he said that any group is free to woo them but whatever decision of the faction will only come after the meeting with the President. “We will tell Nigerians our next step. We are doing all these because we are concerned about the future of Nigeria and the plights of the next generation.” But PDP in a reaction condemned the actions of the opposition party saying such moves portrayed the APC as a party that lacked electable material at all levels. The ruling party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said: “In turning around to woo members of the PDP, a party it has continued to castigate, the APC has shown the height of hypocrisy and ultimately confirms to Nigerians that it has nothing to offer and truly lacked genuine ideology and principle. “The APC has shown that it lacks genuine followership and electable materials. Otherwise why would it be desperate to poach from the PDP? Why would it celebrate and dramatise mere discussions with three or four aggrieved governors of the PDP?” he said.