by Adeola Balogun
The Vice President of Nigeria, Mohammed Namadi Sambo has come under fire for what members of the ‘new Peoples Democratic Party’ (PDP) have termed incompetence on his part.
Alhaji Sambo was criticized by members of the faction after numerous pioneer members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna, Sambo’s home state, declared for the splinter group led by Kawu Baraje. They also declared Mr. Sambo incompetent, adding that he lacked the wherewithal to lead the state.
“Today’s development has dampened Alhaji Sambo’s aspiration to be the main political force in Kaduna and to control the complex politics of his home state,” an Abuja-based political source reportedly said.
Before today’s formal declaration of a parallel PDP, Mr. Sambo had been engaged in a series of power tussles with Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State and a current senator.
The formation of a Kaduna State chapter of the new PDP was announced by the faction’s chairman, Audi Yaro Makama, who had also chaired the state party from 2001 to 2007, and the secretary, Gideon Morik, who had served in the Kaduna State House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007 and later as a local government chairman. Their declaration came in a statement.
“In the last few weeks, a political tsunami was unleashed on the nation with the emergence of a new leadership to pilot the affairs of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The decision of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and seven governors elected on the platform of the party, is not only worthy of commendation but worthy of emulation,” the statement began. It continued: “Specifically, Governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger State), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano State), and Sule Lamido (Jigawa State), including Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako (Sokoto State), as well as Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa State) and Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara State), took the necessary step of saving the PDP from the hands of nihilists.
“The revolutionary decision to sack the erstwhile leadership under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and replace it with the current one led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje needs to be replicated in all state chapters of the party, especially Kaduna State where the support base of the party has been shrinking since 2007 when Arc. Namadi Sambo became governor and decided to rubbish the party and its supporters to no end. The PDP in Kaduna State therefore proudly and wholeheartedly identifies with the new leadership of the party, under Alhaji Kawu Baraje and follows in the footsteps of its sister chapters of Adamawa, Jigawa and Taraba States in setting up new leadership to give our party a new lease of life. We are also reassuring our teeming supporters that they truly own the party and not impostors with little or no inkling about PDP’s founding ideals and people who don’t have the passion for the party’s interest and growth.”
Declaring Sambo incompetent, the new PDP said, “Fundamentally, this decision has been taken after deep reflections on happenings in Kaduna State since the elevation of Architect Namadi Sambo as Vice President. It is instructive that since his elevation, the fortunes and prestige of the party in the state has been declining rather than improving, because he has been incapable of rallying the people under its umbrella. Although this is hardly surprising since he lacks the political wherewithal and the requisite structure to preside over the politics of the state, but it was expected that he would come to terms with his inadequacies and enlist the support of established political actors. This expectation has been a forlorn hope because the Vice President has surrounded himself with political paperweights. These hangers-on drive Sambo’s vehicle of political exclusionism by hunting for enemies even where they don’t exist.
All efforts by concerned party members and elders to make him see reason, as well as draw the attention of the sacked party leadership, were in vain. We are therefore, once again, affirming our loyalty to the new leadership of PDP under Alhaji Kawu Baraje.”