A section of the media had reported that Governors Babangida Muazu Aliyu (Niger), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) during their meeting last week with President Goodluck Jonathan, gave him a notice to quit the PDP ahead of the 2015 election on grounds of irreconcilable differences with the leadership of the party.
But the governors have denied the reports saying their meeting with the president was as a result of their resolve to rescue the PDP and not to dump it.
According to a LEADERSHIP Weekend report, Gov. Aliyu, who spoke through his Director of Press, Government House, Danladi Ndayabo, stated that any report linking him with plans to defect to another party was misleading.
Ndayabo said: “The governor uses this medium to clarify and restate that he remains a true member of the PDP and that he has no intention whatsoever to dump the party. In the first place, it should be placed on record that at no time did the governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, alongside other governors, issue a threat to defect to another party or float another party.
“For record purposes, it must however be stated that the visit of the governor, alongside his colleagues, to the president was not abnormal as it was meant to save the ruling party from suffering further crisis as well as a means to save our democracy.”
In the same vein, Gov. Nyako’s Chief Press Secretary, Ahmed Sajoh said any report that his principal was planning to dump the PDP was not “only misleading but mischievous”.
“The report is absolutely false; it is not just misleading, it is mischievous and I state unequivocally that Governor Nyako has maintained that he will remain in the PDP, that he has no intention to leave the party.
“Let me say that Governor Nyako has a subsisting mandate as governor on the PDP’s platform; hence, I urge you to disregard the report that has linked the Adamawa governor with a move to dump the same party that gave him such a mandate.
“However, it should be noted that Governor Nyako’s meeting with the president, including other governors, was to avail the president an opportunity to know certain things that have gone wrong in the PDP under the current leadership.
“More contradicting in the report is the fact that the governors only went to the president to save the PDP and democracy as the leader of the country and of the PDP; so it is only laughable to read that such governors with that level of passion for the party have issued a notice to quit the PDP.
“The report is absolutely incorrect; however, I will use this opportunity to say that the leadership of the party, particularly President Jonathan who is the leader of the PDP, has a duty to call some members of the Adamawa State chapter of the party to order. I say this because a situation whereby someone will give a 14-day ultimatum to the governor to revalidate his membership of the party calls for concern.
“More worrisome is the fact that the so-called directive did not allow for such re-validation to be done through the wards, but that all such should be done at a particular office; I say this is condemnable,” Sajoh said.
Chief Press Secretary to Gov Kwankwaso, Aliyu Dantiye, in his own reaction to the media speculation merely said, “Ignore the report, there is nothing like that at all”.