Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, who refused to defect with Governor Aliyu Wamakko to the All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday said that neither his life nor his job was under threat because he refused to follow the Governor to APC.
Also the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Waziri has said that the party will conduct a national mid-term convention in May this year. He spoke when he inaugurated a Caretaker Committed for the party in Sokoto State.
The Sokoto State deputy governor further described as unfounded, reports that the party structure in the state has been handed over to the former governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, explaining that he and Bafarawa enjoy close relationship for the benefit of the party.
Shaghari stated this while briefing newsmen after the swearing in of a 16 member PDP Sokoto State caretaker committee by Mu’azu, in Abuja.
Wammako defected to the APC from the PDP last year, while Shagari stayed put.
While responding to rumours of an impending impeachment plot because he declined to move to the APC like his boss, Shagari said “I have made my position very clear to everybody. I joined PDP in 1998 and I joined based on principle. And I think it is the best party for Nigeria. Through that party I became a cabinet minister twice, I contested to be the candidate of the party in a transparent primary which I won.
The party decided to bring in the current governor and gave it to him. I supported him and remained loyal to him. When he decided to leave I decided that I will not leave my party because I have principles; I joined this party because I believe in it. I cannot move to a party that I don’t understand, I don’t know the people in that party, they have nothing political to do with me.
“So I decided on principle to stay with my party. I know sometimes when you take a decision you have to look at the consequences. But for me this is democracy and in a democracy you have to be tolerant of each otherâ€™s opinions, likes and dislikes.