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Jonathan: PDP not missing ‘defectors’

Jonathan: PDP not missing ‘defectors’
June 05
23:42 2014

Those who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are not being missed, President Goodluck Jonathan has said.

He was speaking at the 65th National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in Abuja on Thursday.

Five governors elected on the platform of the party have defected to the major opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They are Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).

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They complained about being marginalised in the ruling party.

But addressing the party’s top echelon, Jonathan said their absence was not being noticed by the party leadership.

This, he said, was because of the commitment of the party’s leadership, maintaining that some party members who defected to the opposition could not even win elections in their wards.

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He commended the national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, for being focused in rebuilding the party since his emergence.

Since the emergence of Mu’azu, he said, there has been maximum cooperation and unity among the members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

The president said that while contending with the country’s security challenges, the federal government was still very committed to issues of development.

He said most states, especially the ones controlled by the PDP, were doing well based on the party’s manifestoes, adding that this being appreciated by some Nigerians.

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He encouraged party members not to be moved by the defection of some of its members to the opposition, adding that their defection was inconsequential to the party.

Jonathan maintained that the PDP was still solid and remained the dominant party in the country, adding that this was demonstrated by the party’s recent zonal rallies.

He added that the PDP was the only party where every politician could play real politics as the party’s credentials had not changed since its inception.

The president noted that the PDP was the only transparent party in the country where primaries were done on a free and fair basis.

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Jonathan thanked the party executives who attended the meeting in spite of the short notice.

On the current security challenges, he insurgency would soon become a thing of the past.

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He also said the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure that the military was given the right funding and equipment to fight insurgence in the country.

“All what I can assure you is that all those issue of equipment is being handled.

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“God willing, this challenge of Boko Haram and other criminal elements will soon become history in this country,” he said.

Mu’azu said the party’s zonal rally for Port Harcourt and Ibadan would hold before the Muslim Ramadan, adding that members of the party who defected last year were returning en masse to the party.

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The NEC meeting was attended by party chieftains, Board of Trustee members, PDP governors, the senate president and the deputy speaker of the house of representatives.

1 Comment

  1. ADE
    ADE June 06, 16:34

    Na lie! If the PDP is not missing the defectors why did the party struggle to bring back some of them and went as far as cementing their return with juicy ministerial appointment? You better talk true, the party is missing them!

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