Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, who refused to join five of his colleagues in the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, said he decided to remain a member of the PDP because he does not want to give anybody the pleasure of engaging him by their own terms for now.
Another New PDP governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu also refused to join the governors of Adamawa (Murtala Nyako), Kano (Rabiu Kwankwaso), Kwara (Abdulfatah Ahmed), Rivers (Rotimi Amaechi) and Sokoto (Aliyu Wamakko) to defect to APC.
Before now, the seven aggrieved governors had appeared united in their quest to challenge the PDP leadership and President Goodluck Jonathan but yesterday’s development, although not entirely surprising, revealed that the governors were not united in the quest to further their political interests outside of the ruling party.
This much was confirmed by Lamido, who described himself as “the living father of the PDP”, in a statement by his Director of Press, Alhaji Umar Kiyari.
The statement reads, “While I accept that my party, the PDP is currently embroiled in a serious crisis caused by the Bamanga Tukur style of leadership that does not necessitate me renouncing myself and relinquishing my historical authority to anybody.
“It is true that myself and my family are currently under a huge political web and campaign of misinformation and smear to the extent that we have been adjudged guilty in the public court by the gullible and the ill-informed, this will not intimidate or harass me out of the party.
“I will not give anybody the pleasure of engaging me by his terms for now; I wish to say that I remain the living father of the PDP. As for my political persecutors, I will engage them by my terms at the appropriate time. Nobody speaks for me but myself”.