by Tutu Akinlabi
Amidst preparations for peace talks among warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a major stakeholder in the new PDP, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, has said that more PDP governors and lawmakers would soon pitch their tents with the Kawu Baraje-led faction of the party.
The governor who disclosed this yesterday expressed confidence that the new PDP would grow not only in strength but in number as well.
“I know that many governors will soon be joining us while the entire caucus of the PDP at the National Assembly is with us in principle, but others will soon make it public,” Nyako reportedly said in an interview in Yola.
Apart from Nyako, six other governors – Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Kano), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Abdul Fatah Ahmed (Kwara) – broke off along with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to form the Baraje faction last month.
Nyako urged elders to openly identify “with the cause of progressive democrats” in the PDP under Baraje’s leadership so that together we shall fight for the enthronement of lasting democracy in the PDP.
He said: “I want all Nigerians especially our elders to come out openly and identify with people of like minds who believe in true democracy and people-centred political party under Baraje.
Nyako praised the governors who formed the new PDP, for their courage and statesmanship.
He also hailed Atiku for his courage.
But the factional Chairman of Adamawa PDP Chief Joel Madaki, who is loyal to PDP National Chairman Bamanga Tukur, said Nyako and Atiku could not deliver quality programmes to Adamawa State.
Madaki told reporters that there are no injustice and tyranny in the PDP as claimed by the duo.
The PDP factional chair claimed that Nyako directed Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Kobis Ari-Thimnu and two commissioners to represent him at the launch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He said: “Governor Nyako and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are pretending to fight injustice within the PDP by leaving to form a new PDP. Has he forgotten so soon that he became a governor in 2007 without due process, with no primaries? What about the misused flood victims fund and the salaries/allowances of the civil servants in the state? Are these acts not portraying the government of the PDP in bad light in the eyes of the masses? That is why we are saying that the pronouncement by Nyako to fighting injustice is a complete fallacy.”