The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has revealed that the party was negatively affected by “poaching of its best brains” meaning the defection of five of its governors to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). But he also stressed that the worst days were already over.
Muazu made his statement on February 2, 2015 in Abuja, Vanguard reports.
It would be recalled that the governors who defected to the APC included Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Aliyu Magatakada Wammako of Sokoto; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and ex- Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State respectively.
According to the National Chairman, the party was now out of the shock it suffered as a result of the governors’ exit. He also assured that the situation had been improved as the PDP was now pummeling the APC to submission.
Muazu expressed his confidence in PDP’s victory at the presidential poll, saying:
"As our robust and issue-based campaign goes into its final week, the Peoples Democratic Party is very much on course for a deserved victory at the forthcoming polls.We have put our best foot forward and in reviewing the campaign tour so far, I have no reason to doubt that victory will be the reward of our hard work, In sha Allah.”
The statement which was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Chief Tony Amadi, read in part,
“When the campaign started, it was clear that the opposition had gone far in distorting the achievements of our great party. When they shout change, they don’t tell Nigerians what they want to change. Do they want to change the sound educational policy of the PDP which has been hailed all around the country as the route to transformation of the country’s democratic institutions?
“In the North, the popularity of our Almajiri schools system has finally solved the educational backwardness in the three zones of the giant North. We shall follow this up with a revolution in the Nomadic Education system started by the Babangida regime in the 1980’s and we would have wiped out ignorance.
“On insurgency, positive results are emerging from the combined forces of our neighbours who have realized that Boko Haram is not just a threat to Nigeria, but also a major regional threat and the need for a combined effort to wipe out this Al-Qaeda inspired menace should be dealt a fatal blow by a combined regional force. What will APC change in tackling insurgency as they have claimed every day of the campaign? Absolutely nothing! All that they will change is that they will apply their propaganda.”
It should be noted that not only the PDP has suffered massive defection.
Edo State commissioner Dennis Idahosa has recenly decided to leave the APC and join its opponent, the PDP. Idahosa did not leave alone. Other leaders of the APC in Ovia South West local government area also said they had left for the PDP to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.