Governor Aliyu Wamakko
The Sokoto State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it is not scared of the merger of some opposition parties in the country which recently formed a new party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).
While describing the merger as a welcome development, the party also said the development will ginger the PDP to strive hard to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
Speaking with THISDAY in Sokoto Saturday, the state secretary of PDP, Alhaji Aminu Bello, maintained that the party would not lose sleep over the merger.
According to him, the consummation of the merger by the opposition parties was a good development, as it would further strengthen the democratic process.
He noted that the constitution allows for freedom of association and the formation of political parties, adding that the PDP was not perturbed by the development.
Bello noted that Governor Aliyu Wamakko has recorded giant strides in meeting the developmental needs of the electorate, saying this has endeared the people of the state to the PDP.
“We are not scared of the merger of opposition parties. I think it will only spur the PDP to redouble efforts in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
“I believe that by God’s grace, PDP will emerge victorious come 2015 in Sokoto State and Nigeria. The PDP in Sokoto listens to the people before any decision is taken, so, we are not worried by the development,” he said.
He accused some PDP members based in Abuja of sponsoring the report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which rated Sokoto as the poorest state in the country.
Bello averred that the aim of the report, which he described as fictitious, was to create disaffection in the polity and expose the state government to public ridicule.
The PDP scribe stated that the present administration made giant strides in terms of transforming the lives of the people, hence the acrimony by political enemies.
He decried the antics of Abuja politicians, who, according to him, dissipated their energy on politics of hatred rather than returning to their constituency in Sokoto to work for the people.
“We know that the NBS report is complete falsehood and I am happy that the Bureau has denied it. The Abuja-based politicians are the sponsors of the report, they want to blackmail the state government and their evil machinations ended up in vain.
“They cannot destabilise the present administration because this is a government with a listening ear that carries the masses along in the implementation of government’s programmes,” Bello added.
The PDP scribe, therefore, called on the Abuja politicians to refrain from such acts and join hands with Governor Wamakko to move the state forward.