Governors Who Defected from PDP Can No Longer Win Elections in Their Ward – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has said that none of the five governors who defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) can win ward elections in the future.
He state this at the 65th PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the party’s nation secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
The Governors who left the PDP for the APC are Rotimi Amaechi(Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko(Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako(Adamawa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).
President Jonathan said, “I appreciate the governors. Though some people left us, we’re not noticing their absence.
“When some governors moved and some members of the National Assembly also moved, some people thought they would soon overrun the party, but when I looked across, from my privileged vantage position, I didn’t really see the threat. I told the national chairman to let us organise national unity rallies, to demonstrate our strength, so that people will know that one or two persons leaving is inconsequential.
“I’m not even sure they can win their wards in an election now, because some of those states are totally PDP states. When you leave and you think you would be leaving with the whole state, by the time you get there, you’ll discover that others stayed back and are continuing with the PDP. Some ofe the governors are even afraid to conduct local govt elections.”
The president said despite the defection, the PDP remains solid, adding that it remains the dominant party, and that it would surely will “win our elections, free and fair.”
He said that the trend of defection was already changing, adding that some people have started returning while others were also defecting to the ruling party from the opposition.
Jonathan said that when the defected governors left, there was a stalemate, but he said he was happy that politicians have realised that the only place where decent politicking could take place was in the PDP.
According to him, “At a time the whole thing was stalemated, but now more people are even coming to the PDP because if you really want to play politics, the party to be in is PDP.
“Our democratic credentials go unchallenged. It’s still the only party where you can become a candidate based on free and fair primaries. It’s the party where we don’t impose candidates on constituencies.
“It the party whose candidates are accepted by the constituencies at various levels, including senatorial, state level, house of reps or state assemblies. And I believe that with this position of the party, we’ll continue to dominate the political landscape of this country.
“PDP is still the only party that has never changed its name, logo etc. When you go abroad they can’t remember the names of the other parties due to the level of mutation. We thank all members of the party for their selflessness.”
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