(L-R Hon Rilwanu Abdullahi and Ibrahim Bayero at a press briefing in Kaduna on Thursday)
Coalition of 18 People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s support groups under the auspices of National Integrity Group, Thursday said the shamble economy situation in the country which has brought untold hardship on people is technically campaigning for returning of the party come 2019.
The Coalition also appealed to factional leader of the party, Senator Ali-modu Sherif to step aside and support the recognized leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi, saying the idea of been a co-chairman with later is unfounded and impossible because he (Sherif), was not elected in the first place but was meant to act base on court injunction.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria joint Chairman of Integrity and Solidarity groups in Kaduna, Rilwanu Abdullahi, lamented that those who were elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) have abandoned their people because there is little or nothing to show that they are in government saying, “those they elected have ran away and left us who don’t have any palliative from government to take care of poor masses who voted them into power”.
The former Kaduna North Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman during the reign of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero said, the current administration of President Mohammadu Buhari has destroyed virtually all the pro-people policies that PDP left in good shape due to lack of human feelings and self-centeredness on the part of APC leadership.
“Policies been put in place by APC both at state and federal levels are anti-people. The economy situation is disheartening. There is hunger in the land. I live in a community where 80 percent of locals were poor. There is the need for them to change. Traditional and religion leaders have been calling these people to change their policies in favour of the masses. People were looking for change but that change is been so bad that people regretted ever voted APC. Go to ‘maikose’ to see what is happening.
“I want to use this medication call on APC government at all levels to as matter of urgency to something to help the masses. The masses are not eating because they cannot afford it. Children are crying for food. Parents cannot afford it. People are dying of hunger. They should please tamper justice with Mercy”, he stressed.
On coalition’s position on crisis rocking the party, he said, “from all indications, the actions of Alimodu Sheri and his group are all out to see that they destabilized the party and cause havoc so much that the PDP will not be able to seize power from APC in 2019. But Nigerians are not cowards they have seen the untold hardship the current APC has brought to them. They are ready to support PDP because they have seen that our policies are capable of deliver the nation at a good destination.
“He can never be a co-chairman because he was not even voted in the first place at the convention. He was just to hold the brief base on the judgement of the court that party Chairman must come from the North-east. That was how he came in as acting caretaker chairman.
“Faithful members of the party are ready to mobilize 1million match against the leadership of Sherif to show that all his not well with the way he’s attacking the leadership of the party that was duly constituted by convention in Portharcourt.
“I know that our distinguished BOT members are doing everything possible to make sure the peace returned to the party. They have said yes to some conditions Sherif requested all to please his group. But unfortunately he bent on destroying this party. They rejected all the truce advocated by our elders.
“So I’m using this medium to call on Alimodu Sherif and his group to allow peace to rain by accepting the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi which is the widely accepted truce by our elders so PDP will bounce back in full force in 2019”, he added.