…we won’t feel your impact, says PDP.
Following the defection of the former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and his political loyalists, there are incations that more members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may dump the ruling party for All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Isah Mohammed Hamma Misau who is also the Chairman of a panel of enquiry that is investigating two administrations of Isa Yuguda and Mohammad Abdullahi Abubakar has said there are consultations going on to join Dogara in APC. The Senator, while fielding questions from a group of journalists in Bauchi on yesterday said that their expectations of joining the PDP at the wake of the 2019 general elections have been dashed.
Misau who represented the Bauchi Central District declared that the contributions they made to the PDP that led to its victory at the gubernatorial election has been thrown to the wind. He said that: “Our political mentor, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara has left for the APC, we are holding consultations with our supporters and by the grace of God in the next two weeks we are leaving the PDP. One of us, former Commissioner of Commerce left last week, this is to show that we are very serious.
Misau said that the primary election of the party conducted last weekend preparatory to the local government elections “did not reflect the popular wish of the people and I am convinced that if the right thing was not done, people will vote out the PDP as was done to APC in 2019. “During the congresses of the party, our camp was not consulted neither were we allowed to make inputs in the exercise,” he added.
Meanwhile, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Yayanuwa Zainabari described the allegations of Misau as baseless and unfounded saying that, “what we did in the conduct of the primaries was to ensure that the people spoke and chose their preferred candidates, we were as transparent as possible. “When he and others came in to the PDP at the wake of 2019 general election, we gave them automatic tickets –which negatively affected us, we don’t want to repeat that, that is the reason we are meticulous now.”
The PDP Spokesperson said that, “we cannot stop anybody from leaving or coming, we have an opened door and people are free to move in and out but I want to assure you that the impact is going to be minimal because we have more people coming in to the PDP every day”. Yayanuwa added that “on behalf of the leadership of the PDP in Bauchi state, I wish Yakubu Dogara and others who left the PDP well in wherever they find themselves and we are ready to welcome them back if they decide to come back.
“We have to join hands together as brothers and leaders who have development of Bauchi State at heart to work for its good. We cannot afford to let the people down,” he said.