Following G-7 and nPDP’s merger with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Wamakko’s final declaration of his full support for the decision, supporters of Bamanga-led PDP met in Sokoto on Sunday for what could be described as a rejuvenation meeting.
Addressing a press conference at Dankani Guest Palace, Arzuka Tambuwal, first Sokoto state PDP chairman and first Minister of Communications after return to democratic rule in 1999, stated that as bona fide members of the party in the state, they were in Sokoto to confirm their support for Bamanga Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan.
“On behalf of ourselves and all numerous members of our great party, we do hereby state categorically and unequivocally that we are bona fide members of the PDP from Sokoto state, who reaffirm unflinching loyalty, support and cooperation for our great party and who have complete faith in the leadership of our party under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan,” Tambuwal stated.
He analysed that “the APC emerged from the sickness and demise of the All Progressive Party (APP) to the All Nigeria Progressive Party (ANPP) to the CPC and finally the APC.
“Similarly, the AD became AC, then ANC and finally merged into APC. It is obvious that the PDP survived all this while because it has wide spread, capacity and the vision to do so,” noting that many highly placed PDP members who left it, eventually returned. including its founding fathers like Olusegun Obasanjo, Badamasi Babangida and Atiku Abubakar, were still in the party.
“We hereby assure all loyal PDP members in Sokoto state that we have immediately started reorganising and repositioning our party and all loyal members should remain steadfast,” the statement assured the party’s supporters.
Speaking with Newsdiaryonline.com, Sen. Abubakar Gada said that the people of Sokoto belong to and would remain in PDP and that no opposition party would make any impact in the politics of the state.
“The people of Sokoto are tired of being abused. The people of Sokoto are tired of taken for granted. Time has come for them to affirm their sober reflection and they are determined to take their destiny into their hands by Allah’s intervention.
While warning that the battle ahead was challenging but that the ability was there, Gada urged the people of Sokoto state to cooperate and love one another as well as “work for the party and get ready to get sensitised and mobilised for the victory of the party.
“We are absolutely ready to work with anybody who makes sober reflection. It is not a new thing to ire. If you feel you were wrong and you are ready to come back, the party will take you back,” he said to those willing to remain in the party.
Gada waved the feelings that the PDP could not win election until Wamakko joined it.
“If Wamakko believed that he could win election without PDP, he should have tried it then. The fact that he had to join the PDP meant that the party gave him a platform to realise his potentials. Unfortunately, he was a bad choice.”
Also speaking to Newsdiaryonline.com, Sen. Abdallah Wali, first Minister of National Planning in 1999 and current Ambassador to Morocco said the party had bright future in the state.
“We see PDP as having a bright and great future in Sokoto state. The PDP has been here in the last fourteen years and will be here, decisively beyond 2015. The party will be rejuvenated and in the 2015 elections, PDP will swoop all elective positions, from councillor to the governorship,” he said.
Those present at the rejuvenation meeting included former Minister of Communications, Arzuka Tambuwal; former Minister of National Planning, Sen. Abdallah Wali; Special Adviser (Political) to PDP National Chairman, Sen. Abubakar Gada; Sen. Ladan Shuni; 2007 governorship aspirant, Sen. Ila Gada; PDP BOT member, Bello Dange; former Federal Commissioner (FCC), Abdullahi Kiryo; former Federal Commissioner (RMAFC), Aliyu Muhammad and former DG, NITT, Mahe Dange, among others.