Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State on Thursday stated that the action of the G-7 governors was never geared towards seeking the breaking up of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as widely speculated.
Instead, he noted that their actions were mostly misunderstood, especially as it pertains to their desire to turn around the fortunes of the ruling party; amid their resolve to re-establish the rule of law and sincerity of purpose in all operations by the PDP.
Wamakko, who is one of the G-7 governors, said he and the other six governors – Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Babangida Aliyu (Niger), never for once nursed the aim of breaking the PDP which he vowed would soon regain its status as the strongest political party in Nigeria.
Gov. Wamakko made this known in a parley with newsmen in Sokoto just as he noted that the current crisis bedeviling the PDP was part of processes which, according to him usually end up strengthening democratic practices.
He stressed that PDP was not the only party in Nigeria that experience crises, stating that political parties in even advanced democracies, had experienced worst scenarios which he noted never made them to break-up.
The Sokoto governor explained further that the struggles by the G-7 governors, who are the arrow heads of the recently formed “New PDP”, was to ensure that no individual or group will be too powerful enough to hijack party machinery.
He said the governors had only committed themselves to ensuring the suppression of what he described as parochial and selfish interest by some few members, adding that the impression that certain members of the party were bigger than others had been the bane of the ongoing problem in the PDP.
His words, “The only solution to the problem in PDP is sincerity of purpose and return of the rule of law. If we can attain this, the party will emerge from the crises stronger than ever.
“We need to overcome display of personal and selfish interests by the few who feel that they are greater than the party. No one is greater than the party and the early we realised this the stronger we will become as a party.”
According to Wamakko, if the few members of PDP, who had arrogated authorities to themselves continue to insist on having their ways all the time, such may cause the party to break up.
On this he stressed, “I was in the United States in the 70s, and I can recall that at a particular time, some members of the Democratic Party wanted Jimmy Carter to be president at all cost, while others preferred Kennedy. The two opposing sides did not come to terms on their interests and that paved the way for the emergence of Ronald Regan.”
He maintained that the steps taken by the G-7 governors were just and necessary for the PDP to rediscover itself early enough.