Friday, 14 June 2013

Governor Wamakko, Speaker Tambuwal Blast PDP Chair, Tukur; Say's “We Can’t Be Intimidated”



Governor Aliyu Wamakko and Speaker Aliyu Tambuwal in a motorcade shortly after the governor returned from the Netherlands Suspended Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto has described the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, as an incompetent party leader who should be sacked immediately and replaced with former chairman Ahmadu Ali.
Describing Mr. Tukur as a man on a mission to destroy the party and the North, the governor said no matter how hard the PDP chairman tried, he would not support a PDP Governors’ Forum led by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio.
Governor Wamakko made the declaration when his supporters thronged the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport and Government House, Sokoto to welcome him back from his trip to the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Teeming Supporters of Governor Wamakko thronged the Sokoto airport to welcome him He was flanked by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, as he made his speech.
The event was organised sequel to the recent suspension of the governor by the Mr. Tukur-led National Working Committee of the PDP. Mr. Wamakko accused Mr. Tukur of being incompetent as well as running the party as a private enterprise. He stressed the need for internal democracy in the party ahead of the 2015 general elections, adding “the people of the state are not fighting PDP but injustice and unfairness’’.
According to him, the time of imposition of candidates in the PDP is over if we want to be true and responsible democrats in tune with global trends. The governor recalled that the party had no single elected representative at all levels in the state when he took over its affairs in 2007.
“But during the 2011 elections, PDP won all the elective positions from councillors to the governor and all the state and national assembly members. “I have also being a loyal and proud member of the party and I have been helping in ensuring its growth and unity both here in the state and at the national level,’’ he added.
Mr. Wamakko said the PDP members in the state could not be intimidated or harassed. Also speaking, Mr. Tambuwal, restated the loyalty of all the National Assembly members from the state in Wamakko and the PDP.
The Speaker said the PDP under the leadership of Mr. Wamakko in the state remained a united political family that would never allowed itself to be intimidated to abandon the governor. “So the purported suspension is of no effect to us and there is no retreat or surrender,” Mr. Tambuwal said. “Wamakko will continue to be our leader even after he finished his term as a governor.”
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