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.”