The ‘new PDP’ said its visit to the National Assembly was for peace in the ruling party.
The Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which also calls itself “New PDP,” has warned against the alleged moves to remove the Senate President, David Mark, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, for hosting its national leadership on Tuesday.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chukwuemeka Eze, in Abuja on Thursday, the PDP faction, which accused the Presidency of being behind the plot, warned that it could plunge the country into a crisis of monumental proportion, if they did not desist forthwith from going ahead.
Messrs Mark and Tambuwal, last Tuesday, hosted the national leadership of the faction led by Mr. Baraje, at the National Assembly complex.
The seven governors belonging to the faction were part of the delegation that visited the two presiding officers of the National Assembly. The governors are Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), and Babangida Aliyu (Niger). The others are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).
The faction said, “We have learnt of the sinister plot to impeach the Senate President, Senator David Mark, and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal in connection with the visit of the progressive Governors and the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the National Assembly on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
“To us, this plot by the hawks in the Presidency is politics taken too far and illustrates the extent to which they are prepared to go in their determination to plunge this country into chaos.
“We wish to warn those who are planning this coup to desist forthwith as such a misadventure is capable of plunging this nation into a crisis of monumental proportions.
“These undemocratic elements should stop overheating the polity just because of their selfish ambitions. Those who feel that politics is better practised by way of threats and the unseating of those who do not share their unprogressive thoughts should know that there is a limit to how far they can push us.”
The PDP faction said both Messrs Mark and Tambuwal had brought in a unique style of leadership, which had resulted in the sanity, brotherhood, unity being witnessed in the federal legislature since they came on board, warning that any negative attempt on them would be resisted considering that it (faction) now had the majority in the Assembly.
“In this regard, we wish to advise the leadership of the National Assembly not to lose sleep over this evil plot as it is destined to fail,” it stated further.
“They did nothing wrong by warmly welcoming the progressive Governors and the NWC of PDP to the National Assembly.
“The visit was well-intentioned and part of the nation-wide consultations being undertaken by our people in our efforts to correct the evils being perpetrated by the undemocratic leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his cohorts.”
The faction also said that in the past three months, the seven governors in its fold had been visiting past Heads of State and some other elder statesmen, in search for a peaceful way out of the logjam in the ruling party, allegedly orchestrated by the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP.
It stated that the visit to the National Assembly was just in continuation of their nationwide tour.
“The aim was to brief and rub minds with members of the National Assembly in view of their position as leaders of the party on how to reposition our great party to be united and face other parties by 2015,” the faction explained.
“Any other motive imputed into the visit is not only mischievous but also a product of the devilish imaginations of those reaching such conclusions.”
While commending the leadership and members of the federal legislature for according its leaders “great reception during the visit,” the splinter group also condemned the failed attempt by certain unnamed persons it described as “undemocratic elements” to sabotage the visit by engineering a rowdy scene during our delegation’s meeting with members of the House of Representatives.
The “New” PDP also thanked Mr. Mark for the counsel it gave its leaders when during the visit.
“In conclusion, we sincerely thank the Senate President, Distinguished Senator David Mark for his great counsel that no member of the National Assembly will be unseated for any reason based on the present wrangling within the party contrary to the threat by Tukur and his misguided group that members of the National Assembly supporting our move to restore sanity to our party will have their seats declared vacant not minding the limit of their powers in this regard though unconstitutional acts are what they are well noted for. A word is enough for the wise!”