You can't frustrate me out of PDP - Wamakko

By The Citizen

Suspended Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, will not quit the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  for any other one, Saturday Vanguard learnt yesterday.

An aide to the governor hinted that those who spearheaded the suspension of the governor might have made a big mistake, as their antics to edge him out of the party would not work.

Wamakko's aide spoke just as it was learnt that majority of PDP leaders in the North West zone were planning to ditch the party and work with the opposition following the perceived victimisation of  members alleged to be opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan's plans to contest the 2015 election.

The zone is made up of Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kano and Jigawa States.

Apart from Kaduna and Katsina, most of the states in the zone, voted for the opposition All People's Party, APP, which later became the All Nigeria People's Party, ANPP, during President Olusegun Obasanjo's first term in office in 1999.

Specifically, Sokoto State was an ANPP state until Wamakko was wooed into the PDP in 2007. Before, bringing Wamakko into the PDP from the ANPP, the ruling party had adopted  the current Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Muktar Shagari as its flag bearer, but the new  arrangement later saw Shagari as subordinating himself to Wamakko, to ensure victory for the PDP  at the polls then.

'Let me tell you the simple truth; Governor Wamakko is going nowhere. He is the one who lifted the PDP from failure to success in Sokoto State. By the time Obasanjo drafted him to the PDP, the party was losing election as a trademark. I suspect that those who do not wish the PDP well are the ones advising the Presidency and the National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP to suspend those who have been helping them to win elections.

'I can tell you that rather than leave the PDP for any other party, Wamakko will still remain a strong force to be reckoned with in the PDP. You cannot build a house and leave it for onlookers,' the governor's aide added.

According to the aide, it was even laughable for a party, which parades itself as the harbinger of democracy and the biggest in Africa to suspend Wamakko while he was on a trip to the Netherlands in pursuit of the state's interest.

'We suspect strongly that the opposition might have penetrated the PDP to destroy it with very destructive advice. But we are certain that this problem will soon be resolved as we approach the next election,'' the top member of the governor's cabinet stated.