Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kno State has again lampooned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as undemocratic. He said the fact that the party recently adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its flag bearer in the 2015 general election is further testimony to the undemocratic stance of the party.
“Since the five governors decamped from PDP to APC, I told Nigerians that PDP will become a weaker party whose democratic value will erode. Now the stakeholders of the party have come out to say that they have chosen President Jonathan as their party’s sole presidential candidate without going for primary election”, Governor Kwankwaso noted.
Kwankwaso spoke while receiving reports from committees sent out to the 36 states of the federation for consultation on calls for him to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, at Africa House, Kano Government House on Saturday.
The governor noted that the PDP leaders, without consultation with appropriate party supporters, took the decision to adopt Jonathan, stessing that this development would not allow the party delegates to choose the best candidate for the party, which portends victory for the prospective APC candidate.
“I am assuring you that APC leaders are committed to do justice in all of the forthcoming party primaries be it at state and National Assemblies, governorship and even that of the presidential election”, maintained Kwankwaso, even as he stated that “the party will give everybody, especially delegates right to choose the best candidates”.
The governor recalled that when he and some of his colleagues were in the PDP, there was no time when a candidate was forced on them without holding primary election, adding that even those who were offended in the party by then sitting President like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, were also consulted for reconciliation as part of democratic process of building the party.
Governor Kwankwaso pointed out that present leaders of PDP have shown that they are not democrats. He claimed that PDP would definitely lose the 2015 general election because of the leaders’ sheer incompetence and undemocratic attitude to governance.
Continuing, the Kano governor alleged that there was never a time that money politics is being played in Nigerian democracy more than now, accusing the Jonathan administration of using US dollars to influence party leaders. He, however, averred that money will not translate to victory at the polls for PDP.
According to him, money politicians are never and would ever be mindful of people’s suffering, assuring that he, as a governor, would continue to expose such people so that the electorate will identify and avoid them during elections.