Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has vowed that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) leadership will not bow to the pressure from President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dump the authentic winner of the chairmanship election, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers.
Kwankwaso, who spoke with Journalists at the Kano Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, said the ‘G-19’ voted for Amaechi after obtaining a commitment from him that he would not give up under any circumstance.
“This party belongs to all of us, it does not belong to the governors; it doesn’t belong to president or to the party chairman; it doesn’t belong to anybody…
“We have invested so much in this party, I don’t think any governor is thinking of leaving this party but if you are suspended, dismissed or expelled, of course there are no options.
“That is why we are saying, and I can assure you, all the governors who voted for Amaechi consider this suspension as suspension to all of us; not to Amaechi, not to governor of Sokoto. We are even surprised it started from there. I think there are bigger fish than Amaechi and governor of Sokoto. Many of us are disappointed that it started from there,” he said.
He added further that “now, I can tell you, Amaechi cannot withdraw without our approval. Anybody who is saying Amaechi should withdraw is wasting his time, because that is not in the agreement between us and Amaechi. We gave only two tasks to Amaechi and he did well.”
The Kano governor warned the PDP leadership against unwarranted recourse to suspension or dismissal of governors, saying it could leave them no choice but to dump the party and see to its end.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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