Why We Pulled Out Of PDP – PDM

PDM-Logo National Chairman of the recently registered Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, Bashir Yusuf, has said that the party would not lobby the G-7 governors under the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led New Peoples’ Democratic Party, nPDP, to join it.

Instead, he said it was the responsibility of the G-7 governors to identify the political party they would want to align with and the strategy they would adopt in doing so. Mr Yusuf stressed that the PDM would not initiate the move in spite of the fact that the party is still engaged in membership drive.

Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa) respectively are the governors that make up the G-7.

They closed ranks with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and some former PDP governors to float the “New PDP” on August 31, with Mr. Baraje as National Chairman and former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as National Secretary.

According to Mr Yusuf, “Our position is that this is a matter that affects them more than it affects us; they are therefore the ones in a position to declare publicly what their strategy is or who they are meeting with,” he said.

“So I don’t want to be the one providing information on their behalf. I will suggest that if you have any opportunity to speak with them, you should ask them those questions. It is their project. We are building our party; they are the ones who have a road map of where they want to go.”

However, the PDM chairman refused to confirm expressly if Gov. Lamido – who was a member of the PDM when it was founded as a political pressure group in the 80’s – had commenced discussions with the party leadership preparatory to his joining the party.

According to him, “You have made two very profound statements; one, that you Know Sule Lamido, and then two, that he naturally belongs here. Those two things you said are quite profound.

“I don’t know the basis of your knowledge and I don’t know how you define nature by saying that he naturally belongs here, but I am also not in a position to say that is the case or that is not the case. I take that to be a statement from you in good faith. I therefore, take it with all the implications of the case in good faith.”

The PDP chairman explained that he and other members of the PDP broke away from the ruling party because they tried unsuccessfully in the last ten years to restore the lost values on which the ruling party was founded.

He attributed their failure to restore PDP to its lost glory to the refusal of the party leadership to listen to anyone except the person – in veiled reference to President Goodluck Jonathan – in charge.

“It is either the president say so or it’s nothing,” the PDM national chairman lamented.

“Having fought, with all the bruises we had to show for the fight and realizing that it was a futile one, we decided to pull out of the PDP and register our own political party on the basis of those values that made us to be part of the PDP.

“That is the main reason why we pulled out of the PDP. It is a difference in values and ideology.”

-PREMIUM TIMES

3 Comments

  • Alabo says:

    Most of those politicians saying that they want to restore the Party from its Original aim are all liars and hypocris. I remember few months back when my State Governor Rotimi Amaechi was making mockery of the President saying “how could a President after his election as President not being incharge of his Party structures,Senate and House of rep” some of his supporters spoke on how they brought the New Speaker Tambuwal into power beating the Presidents candidate today those same people are now saying a totally different story all in the name of blackmailing Mr President because they see him as their Prime rival for 2015 Elections. Do not en fridge other peoples constitutional rights because you see them as a strong opponent to your quest. Stop going on air to say falsify words against others when they know the truths.

  • Comr. John Uk says:

    In what way are they trying to reposition the party? Foolish and selfish politicians who thought the President wil approve and nominate them 4 appointment now turned against him.
    It is clear they tried deciding 4d president on wat 2do & not 2do as he came on board bt dat failed and they turned it against the party and president.
    Ever since the G7 governors obted out, they only capitalizd on the resignation of PDP national chairman witout telling Nigerians why, that GEJ shuld nt recontest since he signed an agreement bt they fail 2 publish the agreement 4 Nigerians 2beliv them, they askd of autonomous power of controlin state party witout givin reasons so as 2 witch hunt their opponent and impose candidates, they askd the EFCC not 2 investigate them, but why no reason given. If PDP has a hidden and destructive plan dat the PDM and G7 governors having been fightin 4 Nigerians then they shuld bring it 4ward wit proof please and north Arewa/Northern agenda in disguise.
    Cos it is now clear that some of them are the forces behind some unrest in the nation jst to make the nation ungovernable 2d president yet, they critize him on media jst 2gain cheap support and refused 2help the Federal government fight d menace rada are afta 2015, is dat wat NIGERIANS want?

  • Comr. John UK says:

    In what way are they trying to reposition the party? Foolish and selfish politicians cause the President refuse 2 approve and nominate them 4 appointment now turned against him.
    It is clear they tried deciding 4d president on wat 2do & not 2do as he came on board bt dat failed and they turned it against the party and president.
    Ever since the G7 governors obted out, they only capitalizd on the resignation of PDP national chairman witout telling Nigerians why, and that GEJ shuld nt recontest since he signed an agreement wit them bt they fail 2 publish the agreement as evidence 4 Nigerians 2beliv them, they askd of autonomous power of controlin state party witout givin reasons 4dat, but in quest 2 witch hunt their opponent and impose candidates in their states, they askd the EFCC not 2 investigate them, but why? If they are clean enough such wil hv nt been an issue, bt hv no reason given. If PDP has a hidden and destructive plan dat the PDM and G7 governors feel wil harm the nation and having been fightin 4 Nigerians then they shuld bring it 4ward wit proof please and north Arewa/Northern agenda in disguise.
    Cos it is now clear that some of them are the forces behind some unrest in the nation jst to make the nation ungovernable 2d president yet, they critize him on media jst 2gain cheap support and refused 2help the Federal government fight d menace rada are afta 2015, is dat wat NIGERIANS want?

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