57 reps, 20 senators endorse New PDP

By The Citizen

The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party is deepening as 57 out of the 204 members of the House of Representatives on the platform of the party have declared their support for New PDP.

About 20 senators of the PDP on Monday also gave endorsement for the new splinter group.

The 57 lawmakers who are supporting the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led faction include the son of former President Shehu Shagari, Aminu and the former Chairman, House Committee on Education, Alhaji Farouk Lawan.

A statement by members of the House of Representatives, issued by Ali-Ahmed from Kwara State, in Abuja, on Tuesday read that 'we, the members of the House of Representatives under the platform of the New PDP, hereby congratulate our leaders on the emergence of the new party'.

'Although a sizeable number of our members who could not append their signatures because of their unavailability in the country will do so immediately on arrival, we the under signed salute and appreciate the courage, sacrifice and resilience and patriotism of our leaders namely: former Vice President Atiku Abubakar GCON, and the Governors of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Aliyu Wamakko, (Sokoto); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Abdul Fattah Ahmed (Kwara); and Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), and other well-meaning and eminent Nigerians for leading the way for the emergence of the New PDP.

The lawmakers also condemned alleged attempts by 'some agents of the Federal Government to use state apparatus to persecute their leaders.

'As members of the House of Representatives, we call on the security agencies and other anti-graft bodies to be professional in their activities and not allow themselves be used by anybody no matter how highly placed for their political ambitions. Remember how you want history to judge your tenures.

'We won't hesitate however to use all instruments of law within our powers as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), to stop this and bring anybody found wanting to book.

'We wish to state that by this statement, we pledge our loyalty and support to the New PDP under the able chairmanship of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, the Deputy Chairman, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, National secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinola and other members of the National Executive Committee.

'We congratulate them and wish them the very best as they steer the affairs of our party to provide level playing-field for all Nigerians.'

Those who signed the statement include Abdullahi Balarabe; Abdulmumin Jibrin; Ali Ahmad; Abdullahi Wamako; and Abdullahi Muhammed Rico.

Others include Abdulmalik Cheche; Adamu Bashir; Ahmanpatigi Aliyu; Ahmed Zerewa; Aishatu Binani; Aiyedun Olayinka and Alhassan Ado Garba.