President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday affirmed that only the Peoples Democratic Party was capable of rescuing Nigeria from its many troubles.
Jonathan stated this in Sokoto State during a grand rally and reception organised for a former governor of the state, Attahiru Bafarawa, who defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress, APC, alongside his supporters.
The rally, was attended by the prominent PDP members, including Vice-President, Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate, David Mark; the state Deputy Governor, Murktar Shagari, top government and party officials.
Recall that the state Governor, Aliyu Wamako, had recently defected to the APC alongside four other former PDP governors.
Jonathan stated that PDP remained the symbol of democracy in the country and that Nigerians, including religious leaders, business leaders, men and women who are not partisan politicians, believe in the party.
The President said, “I was telling some people when we were coming this morning (Saturday) when I saw the crowd, that if we were running a parliamentary system, where the Prime Minister can call for early elections, I would have called for early elections.
“Let us see where this noise is coming from, whether they are supported. Some people are afraid to go back and contest the seats because in a normal setting, if a parliamentarian leaves his seat and crosses to another party, the assumption is that you have consulted with your constituency and they agreed that you should cross over.
“Such a parliamentarian would want to call for early elections to show that he is going with his constituency, but in Nigeria, the story is different.”
While listing the feats achieved by his administration in Education, Agriculture, Power and road construction, Jonathan disclosed that after Sokoto, the team would also go to Imo, Kano and all other geopolitical zones to showcase the party’s achievements to the people.
He added that Nigerians get jittery when they hear the challenges the party is facing “because the feeling is that if anything happens to PDP, it will affect the country.”
“The reasons are obvious; PDP is the only party that is stable. It has undergone its changes. Other parties are still changing, we don’t know where they will change to but PDP is stable at all levels and we promise that PDP will continue to give leadership at all levels.
“PDP is the only party that has the vision to lead this country to stability and economic revolution,” he stated
.By Ameh Comrade Godwin
Only PDP can rescue Nigeria – Jonathan.