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Jonathan says gang up against PDP will crumble

12 March 2014, 19:06

Kaduna - President Goodluck Jonathan declared on Tuesday that the opposition ganging up to wrestle power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 would crumble.

The President stated this at North-West zonal rally of the PDP tagged Unity Rally held at the Ranchers Bees Stadium in Kaduna.

Jonathan told the audience not to be troubled over the gang up, stressing that the PDP would emerge victorious.

"We are told that some people are ganging up in different names and we assure you not to be bothered about any gang up.

"From 1999, there was a gang up. Two to three parties came together; Presidential candidate from one; vice presidential candidate from one; Secretary to Government from one; all from different parties.

"But they did not go anywhere. They ganged up before. They failed and they will continue to fail. The gang up will go, just like when you mix different acidic contents in a container.

"Do not be worried; it is not a new thing; they will continue to gang up but they will continue to fail’’, he said.

He said the North-West geo-political zone, comprising Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Zamfara and Sokoto states, belonged to the PDP.

Jonathan assured that come 2015, PDP would not only retain the four states controlled by the PDP, but would take over Zamfara, Kano and Sokoto states controlled by the opposition.

The President underscored the importance of the North-West zone in the political setting of the country having 25 per cent of the entire population of the country.

The President said that the unity rally was not a political campaign but a gathering designed to re-unite the party members and to welcome new members.

"The North-West is a special zone. This is the only zone that we have seven states and the zone that has the highest population in this country.

"We are here for a unity rally and to re-assure all of you that the PDP is the only party that can lead this country to the next level’’, he said.

The President noted that in the history of great political parties known in the globe, "they do not change everyday like a rock passing through metamorphorsis."

He cited the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, which he said was over 103 years old and had remained ANC from inception.

"If a party keeps changing colours and changing names, you should know that such party has nowhere to go.

"Be committed to PDP, you are in PDP, you are in the right place to be.

"PDP is the only party that can lead us to where we want to go. PDP is the only democratic party that anybody can rise up to the highest level in the party and in the country.

"Other parties will not give me and you the opportunity to be where we want to go. So, continue to support the PDP and continue to be with the PDP.’’

Jonathan assured that the PDP would continue to remain stable and committed to the development of the country.

He also assured that the administration would continue to tackle insecurity particularly in some parts of the north.

Vice President Namadi Sambo thanked the President for addressing the power and educational need as well as agricultural requirements of the North-West zone.

Sambo said the zone would continue to remain with the President and the PDP.

He called on the people to ensure the party's success at all levels in the 2015 general elections.

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa said the unity rally should be used to resolve and prevent crisis that had engulfed the party in the last six months.

Lamido, who was one of the six aggrieved governors that threatened to leave the party, said the process of reconciliation must be total and inclusive.

He told the party’s national Chairman, Adamu Muazu to ensure that he reached out to all the aggrieved governors for reconciliation before the 2015 elections.

"We are trying to unite the party because of the events of the last six months. We have to be tolerant. Unity and reconciliation are very important for us in the party before we face 2015’’, he said.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, enumerated the achievements of the Jonathan administration in the zone.

He urged members to continue to support the party in the delivery of dividends of democracy.

The PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, said the party's records speak for it, adding that it would remain the party to beat in future elections.

"We remain the only national party; the party to beat. Our records speak for us. We have dished out dividends of democracy to every nook and cranny of the country.

"We have reached every ward, zone, council state and region and every person in the country’’, he said.

Muazu thanked the party hierarchy for electing him as chairman and also for naming him a "game changer.’’

Former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto State, who recently defected to the PDP, called on APC chieftain, General Muhammadu Buhari to join the party.

He said PDP was the wish of the people in Sokoto state and the zone.


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