From Desmond MGBOH, Kano
Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso threw more light into why they set up the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday in Abuja.
He spoke yesterday at a stakeholders’ forum which took place at Kano Government House.
In attendance at the Forum were the Deputy Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Gambo Sallau, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Rabiu Bichi, state party Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Sumaila , Commissioners, IMOs and some elders of Kwankwassiya extraction of the party.
The governor told the party members that the seven governors took the decision to set up the new PDP following gross disrespect of the constitution and manifestoes of the party, adding that they decided to rescue the party having realized that the party was drifting.
He also listed the raging PDP crisis in Rivers and Adamawa states as some of the reasons for their action, in addition to the crisis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in which they disregarded the votes of 19 governors for that of 16 governors.
Governor Kwankwaso regretted that they made all efforts to draw the attention of the leadership of the party to the drift in the party but realized that their efforts was not getting the desired response from the affected quarters.
He also alleged that the party in the state had been marginalized in the area of appointments by the Federal Government, saying their complaints in this regard had remained unaddressed.
He reminded the stakeholders that party politics was about interests while insisting on their stand that the PDP must do the right things.
He thanked members of the National Assembly, who identified with the new leadership of the PDP and with their struggle while appealing to more governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support their move, saying their aim was to ensure justice and fairness in the party. He insisted that the present struggle would bring about the necessary changes and reforms.