2015: Why PDP'll Fail In Borno, By Lawmaker
BEVERLY HILLS, February 16, (THEWILL) - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have been blacklisted in Borno State thus ruling out any chance of success for the party in the state come 2015.
Indications to this emerged weekend when President Goodluck Jonathan was accused of leaving the state to its fate in the face of the four-year-old Boko Haram insurgency that has rocked the state to its foundation.
A member representing Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) in the Borno State House of Assembly, Hon.
Abubakar Tijjani, who gave this indication on Sunday therefore advised PDP to forget the idea of winning in the State, saying President Jonathan's attitude towards the state has robbed the party of any chance of winning in Borno.
During the 2011 elections, PDP had won two out of the three senatorial seats and two House of Representatives and even won some seats in the state House of Assembly as it also made a good showing in the governorship election in the state.
But recent developments have reduced the popularity of PDP in the state as many of its elected representatives and top chieftains are now defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tijjani, who defected from PDP to APC last week also led thousands of his supporters to APC, saying the uncaring attitude of President Jonathan towards the people of Borno was the main reason for his defection.
He also hinged his defection to APC to the fact that Borno has a governor in "Kashim Shettima who is humble, caring and love-able by law.
" According to the lawmaker who spoke at a media briefing in Maiduguri, the wind of change blowing the members of PDP to APC was just beginning in the state as he faulted the recent nomination of Hon.
Mohammed Wakil as a minister by the President.
Tijjani said the president is considered as anti-Borno by the people of the state due to his minimal intervention in subduing the Boko Haram crisis and assisting its victims with necessary palliatives, added "salt to injury" when he appointed Wakil, a man who in recent times has not made any notable contribution to the PDP in the state.
"In fact the President actions could be best described as showing apathy to votes that may likely come from Borno State, he just showed that the state was not important in the political equation," he said.
He said he finally defected to APC because it is the will of his people, stressing that he was persuaded by the humility and public-spirited actions of Governor Shettima.