Former governor of Jigawa state Alhaji Sule Lamido has urged those that defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to other parties between 2015 and 2019 not to be ashamed to rejoin the PDP.
The presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP stated this while addressing the party stalwarts from across the state during a meeting held to select those that will replace officers at the state, zonal or ward levels that had either died or cross carpeted to other political parties in the state.
Sule said “those that have left the party simply because, we had lost elections would soon realise that it is only the PDP that was built on real people-oriented ideology against those political parties that hinge their merit on individuals”.
Alhaji Sule Lamido said the PDP is a political party that was formed to survive without so-called powerful individuals, explaining that it doesn’t matter who leaves the PDP because their departure will not ‘kill’ the party.
Further, Lamido said “it is the choice of a son who soiled his mother’s bedspread to wait for the sheet to dry and return to the same bed or change to another bed entirely”.
According to him, the death of Dr Alex Ekweme and Chief Solomon Lar or the defection of Chiefs Barnabas Gemade and Audu Ogbe- both former chairmen of the PDP- had not reduced the party’s strength.
He recalled that “even the former President Olusegun Obasanjo had dumped the party after he was picked from the gulag and made president”.
He said by 2023, Nigerians would witness the demise of political parties build around certain personalities, “so it did not matter if people such as Rotimi Amaechi, Abdullahi Adamu, Danjuma Goje left”.
He further explained that the PDP had survived even when Atiku Abubakar and Rabi’u Kwankwaso dumped the party after serving as vice president and governor for eight years respectively.
He urged the party members to practice politics that promotes physical developments such as provision of water, health care, education and other infrastructures that would be of benefit to the people.