The national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu on Saturday once more pleaded with five former governors of the party, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to come back to the ruling party, which he called “home”.
He made the appeal during the North-Central solidarity and unity rally of the ruling party in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Pleading with the former governors and their supporters, the PDP chairman said, “We are willing to welcome them back home and I can assure them that they will be treated equally. Please come back home”.
Mu’azu also directed Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and Niger State governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, who was the self-styled leader of the “rebel governors”, to do everything possible to ensure that all the five governors that defected to the opposition party return back to the ruling party.
According to the Chairman, “if the Niger state governor as the leader of the G7 and Jigawa State governor can remain in the party, I call on Gov. Aliyu to ensure the return of the other five PDP governors who went to APC.
“Gov. Aliyu saw the light at the end of the tunnel and stayed, your job has not finished, go back and make sure your people (G5) see the light and get them to come back home to PDP”, Mu’azu directed.
He said the party is now better re-positioned to meet the yearning and aspirations of the electorates and commended them for voting the party to power since 1999, even as he promised citizens to expect what he described as more goodies from PDP.
President Goodluck Jonathan in his address, described the ruling PDP as the only stable and democratic political party in the continent of Africa.
Jonathan said that since inception, the party has remained constant and focused in the delivery of its mandate to the people of the country.
He added that the party’s consistency has made it popular not only in the country but beyond the shores of the country and the continent.
According to Jonathan, “Since inception PDP has remained the same. We have not changed our name, we have not changed our slogan, we have not changed our logo, we have not changed our colour. We have remained stable. In fact we are the most stable and democratic party in Nigeria and in Africa”.
Though Jonathan and Gov. Aliyu claimed that the event was not a 2015 election campaign rally, it was gathered that speaker after speaker took turns to assure the president of their support towards his victory at the polls.
Party chieftains from North Central, comprising Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, led by Senate President David Mark and the party’s national vice chairman, Yusuf Ayetogun assured Jonathan of victory at the polls come 2015.