Information Minister Mr. Labaran Maku says the return of the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Luka Damishe to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the beginning of the end of APC rule in Nasarawa State. The Minister made the remarks in Abuja when he received the Deputy Governor, Mr. Damishe, who was accompanied by the State Chairman of the
PDP, Mr. Yunana Iliya on a courtesy call.
Mr. Maku observed that for quite some time, all the political leaders in the state are moving to the PDP because it remains the party with the focus and vision to return Nasarawa State to the path of peace and sustainable development.
“Let me say that Damishe’s return to PDP in Nasarawa State marks the beginning of a free fall of APC in the state because in the last one year, we have continued to receive virtually anybody who has weight in APC returning back to PDP in Nasarawa State. We received virtually all the key leaders of the legacy parties back to PDP,” he stated.
Speaking further, Mr. Maku added that the principal actors of the APC in the National Assembly from Nasarawa State have since returned to the PDP.
He was confident that because of the stability brought into the PDP by the new National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, the party is waxing stronger and repositioning to win back more states from the opposition and retain its leadership at the federal level come 2015 general elections.
Mr. Maku said the fortunes of the APC is dwindling in Nasarawa State because the party lacks clear cut vision on how to transform the state and expressed regrets that since the emergence of the ruling party in the state, inter-ethnic solidarity and harmony had broken down – a situation which plunged the state into avoidable violence marked by the
wanton destruction of life and property.
“Why has APC virtually gotten crumbled in Nasarawa State? It is clearly because what happened in 2011 was a wild wind. Up till today we don’t have any properly organized party called APC in Nasarawa State. A government in power for nearly three years hardly do we have structures of any party called APC in Nasarawa State, even the foundation members of the party who dissolved their parties to form APC suddenly saw somebody who was
not a member being planted as chairman of the APC in Nasarawa State, which
is quite strange indeed. That itself has scattered the foundation of APC
in Nasarawa State”.
He continued: “With your coming into PDP, clearly today there should be no doubt anywhere in Nigeria that we are simply waiting for the day that PDP will install a proper governor; proper government and return Nasarawa State to peace and unit”.
Mr. Maku emphasized that the APC could not provide alternative political platform for Nigerians because the party lacks distinctive programmes and ideology from the PDP and accused the APC to plagiarizing the PDP manifesto to misled Nigerians in their unbridled quest to acquire political power at all cost.
He commended Mr. Damishe’s courage of conviction in returning to the PDP, which he described as the only national party where the aspirations of all sections of the country could be achieved devoid of religious, ethnic and sectional interests.
Speaking earlier, the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Mr. Luka Damishe said they were in the Minister’s Office to formally inform him of his return to the PDP where he was a foundation member in the state since 1999 up to the 2011 elections when he moved to the CPC.
He said along with his supporters, they have reconsidered their focus and pitched their tent with the PDP to achieve the collective desire of peace, unity and development in Nasarawa State.
Mr. Damishe solicited for the collaboration of the Information Minister to forge ahead together for the good of Nasarawa State.
Also speaking, the PDP Chairman in Nasarawa State, Mr. Yunana Iliya said the party is on a mission to liberate the people of Nasarawa State from the shackles of misrule.He said they are in the FCT Abuja to introduce the Deputy Governor to the national officers of the PDP.