Vice President Namadi Sambo on Saturday in Kaduna said that despite the present challenges confronting the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party cannot be threatened, despite the efforts of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, to displace it.
He also assured that all necessary measures are being put in place to make the PDP sustain its enviable position in the country.
The VP, who made this known in his speech to the state caucus meeting of the PDP at the General Hassan Usman Katsina House, Kaduna, urged the party faithful not to be discouraged over the unfolding events by those who were hell-bent on destroying the party, saying “we must shun all overtures by those who are bent on destroying the party and be united in our quest to strengthen a party that has made its mark and improved the lives and well-being of our citizens.
“As you go back to your constituency, you must take back a message of a vibrant PDP and enjoin our supporters to be steadfast in their choice of party that will continue to give them excellent services”.
Sambo also highlighted the various programmes being carried out by the Goodluck Jonathan administration across the North, pointing out that when completed, such projects will impact positively on the economy of the region and generate employment. Some of the projects he listed include the 700 MW thermal Zungeru plant and the 350 MW hydro plant in Mambilla, Taraba State.
In a veiled response to an allegation by Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso that the Jonathan Administration was anti-North, Sambo said: “The Kaduna/Abuja fast rail line is near completion. When completed, the project will not only boost trade and commerce, but will bring development closer to our door steps. This is to the fact that we have already benefited from the Lagos/Kaduna/Kano narrow gauge line. The idea is that Kaduna will be the industrial hub that will supply Abuja and other parts of this country.
“The recent approval of N1.6 trillion which will be spread over six years is another bold initiative at ensuring that we bequeath the best quality education to the oncoming generation by laying a solid education foundation. Of particular mention is the construction of 12 new federal universities of which, the President has approved the construction of nine in the northern part of this country”.
He also maintained that Kaduna State remains a PDP state contrary to suggestions that APC is gradually solidifying its position in the state.
He said: “This state has always been a PDP state and collectively, we should all strive to maintain the status quo not withstanding that we are under no threat. Our meeting today is party of the requirement of the party constitution to meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the party at the state level.
“Let us settle down and examine the party’s opportunities ad strength so as to consolidate on our established potency. Let me assure you that at the national level, all hands are on deck to ensure that the party continues to grow from strength to strength and to assure you that the transformation agenda of Mr. President is on course”, Sambo reiterated.