Governor Wamakko, Speaker Tambuwal blast PDP Chair, Tukur; say “We can’t be intimidated”

Governor Aliyu Wamakko and Speaker Aliyu Tambuwal in a motorcade shortly after the governor returned from the Netherlands

Suspended Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto has described the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, as an incompetent party leader who should be sacked immediately and replaced with former chairman Ahmadu Ali.

Describing Mr. Tukur as a man on a mission to destroy the party and the North, the governor said no matter how hard the PDP chairman tried, he would not support a PDP Governors’ Forum led by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio.

Governor Wamakko made the declaration when his supporters thronged the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport and Government House, Sokoto to welcome him back from his trip to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Teeming Supporters of Governor Wamakko thronged the Sokoto airport to welcome him
Teeming Supporters of Governor Wamakko thronged the Sokoto airport to welcome him

He was flanked by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, as he made his speech.

The event was organised sequel to the recent suspension of the governor by the Mr. Tukur-led National Working Committee of the PDP.

Mr. Wamakko accused Mr. Tukur of being incompetent as well as running the party as a private enterprise.

He stressed the need for internal democracy in the party ahead of the 2015 general elections, adding “the people of the state are not fighting PDP but injustice and unfairness’’.

According to him, the time of imposition of candidates in the PDP is over if we want to be true and responsible democrats in tune with global trends.

The governor recalled that the party had no single elected representative at all levels in the state when he took over its affairs in 2007.

“But during the 2011 elections, PDP won all the elective positions from councillors to the governor and all the state and national assembly members.

“I have also being a loyal and proud member of the party and I have been helping in ensuring its growth and unity both here in the state and at the national level,’’ he added.

Mr. Wamakko said the PDP members in the state could not be intimidated or harassed.

Also speaking, Mr. Tambuwal, restated the loyalty of all the National Assembly members from the state in Wamakko and the PDP.

The Speaker said the PDP under the leadership of Mr. Wamakko in the state remained a united political family that would never allowed itself to be intimidated to abandon the governor.

“So the purported suspension is of no effect to us and there is no retreat or surrender,” Mr. Tambuwal said. “Wamakko will continue to be our leader even after he finished his term as a governor.”


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  • OLA PEDRO

    Promises are easily made BUT IN THE USA THE PARTY LAWS ARE SUPRME-IF U CANNOT FIT IN SHIP OUT TAMBWUAL. If Tinubu as Lagos Governor denied workers wage increment and denied pensioners the benefits of decades of service, how could APC government, which he canvasses, take care of the aged and the vulnerable under the social security programme? Nigerians need eggs no doubt but not their empty shells!–WHAT MORE CAN I SAY

    • sidi

      Mr pedro, is seem like you are good in copy and paste, I believe you know very well that this your write up is the media out bust of the pdp spokeman spoken out of the intimidation on seen how fast and strong apc is coming pu with? Please go back learn more on how to comment here

      • Tobibs

        He is PDP vanguard agent…ignore him

    • Texazzpete

      Ola Pedro, you’re a moron. In the US, Senators and Governors are allowed to hold somewhat differing views from the normal party position. The laws of the nation are supreme and the wishes of their constituents are paramount.

    • Kasarawa

      Suspension of governor Wamakko was unconstitutional and politically motivated. Just like the case of governor Amaechi. I know more governors will follow sooner or later. Believe me! Jonathan will not rule naija again. No matter how hard and ugly he play his game of dirty politics, it will not work again. He did it in 2011 by trying to cover his Naija delta millitant brothers over Abuja bombing and puting the blame on the northerners.

    • p town man

      Mr. Man, its pp like u that spells AIREGIN (NIGERIA) backward. Think

    • One Nigeria!

      You have a very shallow memory for saying Wamako used PDP to get to power, was it not PDP that begged him to join them to deliver Sokoto, Sokoto was not a PDP state pls ensure you know what you are saying before you say it.
      You sentimental and selfish judger.
      Just like the greedy and never satisfied PDP chairman Bamanga Tukur who instigated the state of emergency on his state, 1/10 of what happened in Plataeu did not happen in Adamawa but today Admawa is facing the worst of what surpose to happen in Plateau because of GEJ incompetency as a leader in passing right judgement at the right time..
      This is the end of Injustice and Oppression of PDP lead Government by Gods grace…

    • Omo Akin

      Your first sentence shows either ignorance or mischief. In the last election in the USA, Collins Powell, a Republican, endorsed Obama, a Democrat. Before then, you have Joe Libermann, a Democrat, endorsing MaCain, a Republican. Right now in New Jersey, many elected Democrats have endorsed the Republican Governor for re-election and not a single person is intimidated, suspended or told to leave the party.
      It is people like you who perpetrate unwholesome and anti-democratic acts and mischievously claim that it is the norm.

  • nija pikin

    Pedro pinto or what your name is , you miss the point, how can you support a party leadership that is inept, unjust, and corrupt and the people of sokoro are proud to support their Governor and their religion (islam) of course you don’t expect them to do other wise or double face like…

  • p town man

    I love this. And Rotimi Ameachi remains the leader of PDP in Rivers State.

  • bitrus

    unfortunately, i see the unfolding events in the pdp as very worrisome and unfortunate.
    to me i see bamanga tukur destroying the party, rather than repositioning it for greater challenges ahead of 2015.
    i am tempted to think that pdp wants to self destruct for which president jonathan should be very careful and very vigilant.
    so far the governors suspended are the best the pdp has produced. go to their states and see for yourselves. these are governors that, when forced to leave, will move theirs completely away to the opposition. president jonathan, please wake up and call tukur to order

    • wax

      Stop talking blindly… How many states have u been to nd how did you come to that conclusion? How did you knw d governors are the best? Pls make research nd stop misinforming the public with your sit @ home stories… Infact i feel its high time we ban Nigerians abroad 4rm commenting on issues concerning Nigeria…

      • bitrus

        wax i am a nigerian from sokoto and there is no state in nigeria that i have not been to. so i talk from experience.
        secondly, i said pdp states, if you know how to read.
        thirdly, i challenge you to name me one pdp state that has outperformed wammako or amaechi.
        i await your response since you know better than me.
        i still maintain my position that if mr president does not call tukur to order, pdp will lose all the north west states.

  • Afam

    2015 is still 2 years ahead of us..Nigerian politicians are like green snakes…easier to switch over and switch back when it does not favour them..let see how it plays out..The speaker knows he will loose his seat now if he tries to defect to any other party than the one that sponsored him to the seat.