National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Muazu, has admitted that last November defection of five governors on the platform of the ruling party to the opposition All Progressives Party (APC) was a cause for concern.
Speaking when the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, led a delegation of party chieftains from his state on solidarity visit to the national secretariat, Muazu appealed for cooperation of the party faithful, that every member of the party should be worried about the gale of defection to the opposition party.
Five governors, who won election on PDP platform had since defected to the APC while about 37 federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives had equally dumped the ruling party.
The governors are Murtala Nyako, Chibuike Amaechi, Aliyu Wamakko, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Adamawa, Rivers, Sokoto, Kwara and Kano states.
Also, there have been media reports that former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar would soon defect to the APC.
But addressing the delegation from Uyo yesterday, Mu’azu vowed that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) under him would outsmart the APC in the art of poaching and ultimately regain lost grounds.
“We appeal to you, the Akwa Ibom delegation, to support and encourage the national leadership in its drive to reposition the party and succeed at this important trying period.
“I assure you that with your collaborative efforts and partnership, we will regain all our lost grounds and move forward.
“We will soon show to the opposition that they are master poachers, they know how to poach, but we are going to beat them to it, because when two members of your family fight, you should settle them and not for you to come and pitch one against the other. However, if that is the game, we will learn.”
The PDP national chairman further disclosed that ahead of 2015 general elections, he would soon unveil a committee to review the party’s manifestoes to address the needs of the electorate.
“There would be a committee for manifesto review, after the party primaries. It is only by so doing that we can be seen to be truly sensitive to the needs of our people.”
The world is dynamic; that’s the only way to move forward.”
Earlier, leader of the delegation , Governor Akpabio, expressed confidence in the the party’s NWC to galvanise support for the party and declared that the party in Akwa-Ibom State has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the party’s 2015 presidential ticket.
“We have no fear that this working committee will deliver in 2015. I assure Mr. President that Akwa Ibom will do it again. We were the first set in 2010 to announce that we will support him to go for first tenure in 2011, we did that and other states followed. We are again the first state in 2014 to urge Mr. President to go back for a second term in office.
“ We believe strongly that the transformation agenda that he has put in place in Nigeria, in the power sector, in agriculture sector and other sectors will deliver good dividends of democracy to Nigerians and will lead this country to a higher level and that is why Akwa Ibom took the lead.