- Attahiru Bafarawa says he is resolute on remaining in the PDP even if he loses at the party primaries
- Bafarawa declares that it is impossible to impeach Bukola Saraki following his defection to the PDP
- He condemns former governors who go to the Senate as their hiding places
Attahiru Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto state, has declared that he will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) even if he loses to emerge the flag bearer of the party ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
Leadership reports that Bafarawa spoke during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, August 10.
Barafawa also said it is not possible to impeach the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, before his tenure expires in 2019.
He, however urged for respect for good governance and party supremacy just as he said the defectors to the PDP and the presidential aspirants are welcomed.
“I will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party even if I don’t get the ticket. Anywhere we are playing politics, the party is supreme than anybody.
“The governor, president are the agents of the party. Therefore the party is supreme, is to supervise what the governor or the president is doing.
“The cardinal principle of any good government or party is the manifesto. Only the manifesto mentions what the party is going to do for the people,” he said while noting that politics, the way it is practised in Nigeria, has changed.
“Politics is meant for the development of a nation but now it has been turned to an industry where people are trying to make money out of it,” he lamented.
He also criticized former governors who go ahead to serve in the National Assembly saying some of them have made the legislature a hiding place to escape harassment from their previous deed in office.
“Those who are joining (the senate) after serving as governor for eight years, it looks like it is just a hideout place where they don’t want any harassment from whatever they have done.
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“You can be a senator and then go for governorship but you can’t be a governor and come back to be a senator.
“Unless we change the system, rejecting the governors joining to contest for senate, democracy will never be in good shape in this country,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that chairmen and leaders of 45 political parties have reportedly raised alarm over alleged plans to impeach the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.