Politics

2015: PDP Urges Lamido Not To Defect To APC

by Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo

The People’s Democratic Party have sent a delegation to Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido to persuade him not to defect to the All Progressives Congress.

The emissaries, which included the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Tony Anenih, and the Secretary, Walid Jubril, were said to have prevailed on the aggrieved governor to support the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Lamido was said to be  unhappy at the way he has been treated by party leaders in the build up o endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate. Lamido, who had nursed a presidential ambition was forced to give in and support Jonathan’s endorsement.

But the delegation, who were members of the Interface Committee set up by the national leadership of the party, were said to be surprised when Lamido revealed his grievances to them.

The governor was said to have complained about the refusal of the President to fulfill majority of his campaign promises to the people of the state.

“He didn’t hide his grievances as he told the delegation that he and the people of the state were not happy with the President,” a source close to the party said.

Jubril, who spoke to The Punch in a telephone conversation, confirmed the meeting with Lamido and how he (the governor) complained that the President didn’t fulfill his electoral promises to the state.

The BoT secretary said, “We will address his grievances. We will settle the issues he raised. He complained that a lot of promises were made by the President in 2011, which he said the President failed to fulfill.

“We promised to address those issues, but we also know that the President has done a lot for the people of the state. So, we are addressing the issues.

“We know that the governor will not defect to the opposition political party as being envisaged by some people. If he was going to defect, he would have done that with the group of the then seven aggrieved governors.”

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