Nyako, Others Set to Finally Dump PDP for APC
Nyako has been the most keen to cross carpet to the opposition out of the seven aggrieved governors, who broke away from the PDP last August,
In giving reasons for his decision to dump the PDP, Nyako described the party as a “dead body” which he and his supporters would not have any regret if they left it.
The factional state chairman of the ruling party, Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama, said in Yola yesterday that plans had been concluded by the governor’s camp to defect and they were only waiting for Nyako’s approval to know when they would leave the ruling party.
Nyako, who was in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, for a meeting with his counterpart in the state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, when Kugama spoke at a meeting with APC leaders, described the PDP as a dead body that he and his supporters would not have any regrets leaving.
Kugama, at the meeting, which held at the Government House, said Tukur’s highhandedness in handling the affairs of the party would cause its defeat in the 2015 polls.
The meeting was attended by members of Nyako’s cabinet, other political appointees, 19 members of the state House of Assembly, other political stakeholders loyal to the governor and Nyako’s first son, Commander Abdulaziz Nyako (rtd), who declared his membership of the APC at the meeting.
A source told said that the meeting was holding at the time the aggrieved PDP governors were holding another meeting in Dutse to determine whether they should defect from the PDP or not.
One of the APC leaders in the state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Adamu, assured Nyako and his supporters of equal treatment and fair play in the party, stating that the APC was founded on the pillars of equity, justice and fair play.
Speaking earlier, the National Vice-Chairman (North-east) of APC, Alhaji Umar Duhu, praised Nyako for his achievements in the state, adding that they were eagerly awaiting his return to the progressives’ fold.
Nyako also lent credence to Kugama’s comments on the readiness of the members of the New PDP in Adamawa State to leave the ruling party.
He told reporters after visiting Lamido that PDP was a dead body, adding: “People used to leave their religions for another but PDP is not a religion which means leaving it would not be regrettable.
“There is no regret for us to be accused of deserting a dead body because to me I would not want to be buried with the dead body; so PDP is a dead party and if they feel like expelling us from the party, so be it.
“The leadership of the party in Abuja has already been given a terrifying fatal uppercut like in boxing and to leave a dead body like PDP is better than being buried with it.”
According to him, he and his colleagues in the New PDP were not afraid of being expelled from the PDP because there was nothing much again to the party.
On his mission in Dutse, he said: “The visit to the Jigawa governor is purely based on fraternity and to discuss the way forward on common issues bordering on security concerning us as northerners, as Nigerians and to discuss how to develop our entire region.”
He said: “The Dutse Airport would serve as a gateway for massive exportation of farm produces when completed and as the Chairman of the National Farmers Association, I will use my connections to actualise the aspiration of the Jigawa governor on the basis with which the airport is meant for.”
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