APC Opens Talks With Governor Nyako Ahead Of 2015
Buoyed by he reported disagreement among the group of seven aggrieved governors within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on which alternative political platform to belong in their fight against the national chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, and the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally opened talks with the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, as part of its preparation to mobilise and elicit support ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The party’s national vice chairman (North-east), Alhaji Umaru Duhu, who was a guest of Nyako yesterday at the Government House, presented what is referred to as “goron gayyata”, which in Hausa means an official invitation to the governor. Duhu said he was acting on the instruction of the APC national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, to invite the Adamawa governor to the party.
Nyako had in the recent past prevailed, although unsuccessfully, on his other colleagues to join to the APC, even as his supporters had joined the party weeks before the governor’s move to drag his co-governors to the APC.
The development of cold feet by the other governors, namely Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), may have prompted Nyako to commence talks with the APC.
Delivering the message of the National Chairman of the APC, the party’s national vice chairman (North-east), Alhaji Umaru Duhu told disclosed that they were at the Government House to pay Sallah homage to him and to equally invite him to join APC, as the governor was perceived as a like mind.
He added that about 300,000 supporters of the governor were card- carrying members of the APC, which showed that Nyako is not only a sympathiser but also a potential member of the party.
“Over 300,000 supporters of Nyako are with us and we are not precluding his entry into our fold, as his party has not been treating him well,” Duhu said.
In his response, Governor Nyako said he was poised to join forces with “any party with democratic credentials, unlike the current situation whereby impunity reigns in the PDP.
“I don’t have your card and have not requested for one, but I admire your APC governors for the feats they have achieved. In the North-east, the governors of Yobe and Borno states are shining examples of good governance, because in spite of the security challenges, these governors are able to touch their people’s lives. Similarly the South-west governors are doing well and have transformed their states significantly. We will align with democratic forces wherever they are and we will continue to give any democrat a listening ear, regardless of his political party,” the governor said.
Governor Nyako further stated that henceforth, the people of Adamawa State would not allow power mongers in Abuja to determine their political future. He explained that the era when a few Adamawa indigenes operating from Abuja determined the fate of the state was over. He reiterated that the people of the state were tired of the current trend in the state where a few people think they can play god with matters relating to political processes, saying that the people’s choice would take priority henceforth.
“The era when some few Ogogoro consumers from Abuja would chart the destiny of the state is over, because people have vowed to take their destinies into their hands,” he said.
Also commenting on the APC delegation’s invitation to the governor, Director, Press, Adamawa Government House Ahmed Sajoh said his boss would not be averse to joining the APC, should the impunity in the PDP continue unchecked. “Like the governor said, he is yet to join the APC, he is not a card-carrying member of the party. But if the current impunity, the current undemocratic posture all continue the way they are, APC of course is a party owned by Nigerians, they are not foreigners. As such, what matters if the governor joins the party?” Sajoh said.
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