Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has dismissed reports that he has been involved in defection talks with the All Progressives Congress (APC), dismissing Monday’s speculative reports on his meeting with the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi as mere “bunkum”.
Lamido, who is the chairman of the Presidential Campaign of the PDP in the North-west zone, had held a meeting with Amaechi, who doubles as the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, leading to speculation that he was in talks with the latter in order to defect to APC.
After the meeting, both governors did not speak with journalists on the outcome of the meeting.
However, Lamido in a response to enquiries seeking clarification on rumours of his defection from PDP to APC, responded by text, saying the allegation was “bunkum”.
Meanwhile, as the presidential campaigns romp into the final lap, the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu on Monday expressed optimism that his party was heading towards a massive electoral victory.
According to Muazu, “As our robust and issues-based campaign enters 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 (by God’s grace).”
In a statement signed by Mu’azu’s media assistant, Tony Amadi, the PDP chairman further said: “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 of the normadic education system started positively by the Babangida regime in the 1980s and we would have wiped out ignorance.”
On the security crisis in the country, Muazu said “positive results are emerging from the combined forces of our neighbours, who have realised 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 the insurgency as they have claimed every day of the campaign? Absolutely nothing! All that they will change is that they will apply their propaganda expertise and confuse Nigerians even more.
“The PDP juggernaut is up, running and is unstoppable. Political campaigning is not about mounting the soapbox and shouting APC Change! APC Change! Change without proper analysis and costing is simply time wasting.
“I expect that the APC should have handed down what their budget would look like this year if they won, and show Nigerians where they will get the money to finance their mountain of promises, but nothing of the sort has yet happened as the campaign closes.
“This is the least that Nigerians deserve, not a conglomeration of failed political parties with nothing to offer than to promise heaven and earth. If the PDP was merely lily-livered, it should have collapsed with all the poaching of our best brains and the defection of our members.
“Yes, we were knocked down, but we are not out. We have in fact stood up to their challenge and now pummeling them to submission.
“My take on the campaign so far is that we have a great chance in the North-west and North-east, and North-central is our usual hunting ground where we normally excel.
“The huge votes of Kano will be shared equally because our leadership there has done a great job, thanks to the fighting spirit of Education Minister Shekarau, coupled with the unsure steps of the governor which has prevented him from getting involved in pushing their presidential candidate.
“The South-west was already rooting for the PDP after the deceit of their party was exposed with Afenifere, UPN and the OPC rooting for us while the South-east and South-south were already a no-go areas for the opposition despite their pretences in Imo, Rivers and Edo States.
“I want to specially thank our star performers in the grassroots campaign train all over the country. I can shout it to the high heavens that we are the champions.”