The G-7 governors and members of the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have told the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee of the party that they will not be forced into quitting the party which they helped to build and nurture.
They said their fate was not in Tukur’s hands just as they reiterated that they will only dump the party if they found it irredeemable and beyond ‘repair’.
Specifically, Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State on Wednesday had given the strongest hint yet that he and his six other aggrieved colleagues might defect to the rival All Progressives Congress, APC, unless the Tukur-led executive of the party changed its ways.
In reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh had declared that the party will not force anyone to remain within its fold and gave such members the go-ahead to defect if they want to.
But the spokesman for the Baraje faction, Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze, faulted the statement by Metuh, saying that those planning to push the governors out of the party would not succeed, adding that rather, they (the aggrieved governors) would push Tukur and others out of the party.
He said, “Nobody, no human being, not even Tukur has the capacity to push any of our governors out of the building we jointly built. Anyone planning that would fail woefully.
“For someone to say we could leave the party if we so desire is unacceptable to us. We helped to build this party and we should not allow anyone who did not know how the party was built to come around and be talking about dismantling a house we built?
“Let them know that they cannot force us out of the party. We will only leave the party when it is absolutely clear that the party is irredeemable and beyond repair. But we still have it at the back of our minds that the party and those there now are not beyond repair”.
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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