Defection: PDP not under threat –Sambo



Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not under any form of threat, despite the challenges facing the party. Sambo stated this in Kaduna as his reaction to the recent defection of five PDP governors and many party members to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The vice president disclosed at the weekend, during the state’s caucus meeting of the party, assuring that concerted efforts were being put in place to consolidate on its established potency.
At the eve of 2013 Christmas, former Kaduna State PDP chairman, Alhaji Yaro Audi Makama, and 74 other party members had defected to APC, while others followed them on New Year eve.
Vice President Sambo warned party members to beware of people who were out to destroy the party saying, “we must shun all overtures by those who are bent on destroying the party and be unified in our quest to strengthen a party that has made its mark and improve the lives and well-being of our citizens.”
Sambo, however, enumerated the various programmes being carried out by the Jonathan-led administration in the North, pointing out that when completed, such projects would impact positively on the economy of the North and generate employment.
He said apart from the 700 megawatt thermal Zungeru Plant, being constructed in Niger State, the government had made available counterpart funds for the commencement of work on the 350 megawatt hydro plant in Mambilla, Taraba State at the cost of $6.4 billion.
Commenting on some proposed and ongoing Federal Government projects in Kaduna, he said: “The contract document for the construction of a new multi purpose dam in Kauru Local Government Area to be known as Itisi dam has been completed and the process for the award of the contract is in progress.”
Also speaking, Kaduna State Governor, Mukthar Ramalan Yero, said the party should not be distracted by the recent defection of some members of the party, pointing out that effort was being made to reconcile aggrieved members across the state.

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