Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Bauchi State President Goodluck Jonathan/Sambo campaign coordinator in the 2011 presidential election, Alhaji Shu’aibu Ahmed Raba Gardama and his supporters have threatened to jettison the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the party’s alleged undemocratic attitude, lack of fairness and justice by executives of the party in the state.
The supporters of the PDP chieftain led by Hon Umar Faruk made the threat yesterday while briefing journalists at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) in Bauchi.
Faruk said: “Since after the 2011 general election, our pillar was ignored by both the state and the national chapter of the forum and the leadership of the party.”
They alleged that “PDP presently is diminishing in the state because the executive leaders of the party were only given recognition during ceremonies but no positive activities is going on in the party.”
Faruk added that “all efforts by the federal government to carry their kinsman, Shu’aibu to the federal level was blocked by the leaders of the state chapter of the party and the government.”
He said the “essence of politics is give and take and now that they have suffered in the party their tenure is now ending they want to be used and dumped again but instead of that, we will leave the party and look for another alternative party that will treat us fairly to contest future elections.”
In a telephone interview with reporters, Alhaji Shu’aibu confirmed that he received thousands of his supporters who asked him to leave the PDP and contest election under the umbrella of any other political party but he asked them “to be patient a little to enable us contact the national leadership of the party to intervene in order to correct the mistakes, problems and undemocratic attitudes going on in the affairs of the party in the state.”
He said unless positive steps were taken to correct the anomalies, they have no option but to leave the party.