Kwankwaso, Wammako, Amaechi, others are not democrats – Nigerian Government

The Information Minister likened some of the decampees to ‘Fulani nomads.’

The federal government on Wednesday criticised members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. He said their activities in the opposition party had shown they lacked democratic credentials.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, stated this on Wednesday while addressing reporters at the end of the weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC. The meeting was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Maku argued that if the decampees were democrats, they would not have hijacked the APC structures in their states and sacked those who formed the party.

Among the PDP members that have defected to the APC in the last two months are Governors Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).

Apart from the governors, 37 PDP members in the House of Representatives decamped to the APC; while 11 senators already indicated their decision to move to the opposition party.

Members of some state Houses of Assembly elected on the platform of the PDP also moved to the opposition party. Last Sunday, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, also joined the APC.

The decampee governors, like others they met in their new party, were automatically made APC leaders in their states. This has led to confrontations with some older members of the party in their respective states.

“These people went and hijacked the party; took it away from them. So even from the point of view of justice, you were looking for democracy and you saw nothing wrong in going to another and hijacking the structure from them,” Mr. Maku said.

“So you can see they are not democrats, these are serious desperadoes who believe that unless they are in charge nobody should be and they are not democrats.

“If you are a democrat, you join a new party you will work your way through and you will give confidence to the new people in the party, but they went straight, hijacked the structure and sacked those who formed the APC in Kano and Sokoto. The same problem is going on in Adamawa and in most of the places today,” he added.

Mr. Maku said in some of the states where the PDP defectors moved to the APC, the latter now had two structures, an indication that it did not have principles.

“APC has two structures, the structure of the original founders and the structure of those who have just joined, who are struggling hard to displace those who formed the party, And what we have seen in recent times is that because APC does to have a principle, doesn’t have an ideology, they sidelined those who struggled to form the party because of the new entrants.

“This for me is not how political parties are formed. Political parties are formed by believers who control the soul of the party even as new people are coming,” he said.

The minister said though no party would be happy to lose its members, PDP was losing ‘weight to gain strength’. He said the ruling party would be healthier in the long run.

He urged journalists to monitor the change in parties by politicians; more so as some of them, who he likened to the Fulani nomads, had continued to move from one party to another without shame.

“I want to urge journalists to begin to monitor these movements more so as some of them have been moving for years now, they have not stopped they are like the Fulani nomads, they move from one party to another without shame , it shouldn’t be something that we should cherish,” he said.

“I have always made a point that sometimes you need to lose weight to gain strength and that is exactly what has happened in PDP. When a number of these people were leaving PDP I said the party would be healthier in the long run.”

Mr. Maku said a close analysis of the defectors would reveal that they were the ones causing crisis in the ruling party. According to him, they were not only attacking the party, but were also quarrelsome and had oversized egos.

He said some of them could hardly stay under the same roof with others without having problems.

“First of all, if you look at all the people that have left PDP some of them are the people that have caused all the headaches in the party, they have been the ones attacking their party, they are very quarrelsome, they have oversized egos,” he said.

“Some of them cannot stay under the same roof with anybody for one week without the top blowing up. A number of these people who left, if you take a look at the history of our party and look at their antecedent you will see that they are migrants, they keep migrating from one place to another.”

The minister noted that political parties should have members who believe in their ideology and settle down with it.

Stating that a party was not just a place to stand for election, Mr. Maku claimed that those who left the PDP did not see it in that mould. He alleged that some of them came into the ruling party because they wanted to contest elections, but ran away after losing.

Mr. Maku alleged that in the last one year, the PDP defectors had turned the party into an object of ridicule, abused it and made it look bad. He, however, said that there was neither programme nor ideological focus in the APC.

“The new parties they ran to, they have no registered members yet; they did not have convention. Even within this small period since some of these elements left PDP they have caused significant problem in the new party they ran to,” he said.

“They are already causing a huge problem there. There is already an implosion in APC in Kano, because Rabi’u Kwankwaso went straight and took over a party he was not part of, and insisted that he must be the leader, and sacked those who formed the party.

“You go to Sokoto again, Wamakko went immediately and hijacked the party from those who formed APC in the place, who dissolved their own parties in order to form a political party that would compete with.”

Mr. Maku also noted that the same people who were being celebrated in the APC by the opposition were the ones being attacked by the opposition leaders when they were still in PDP.

“So, they cross over from PDP – when they were in PDP, they were seen as monsters, they were abusing them; and then they crossed over to APC, they celebrate them now as the new leaders.

“So, you see something is wrong, and APC must tell Nigerians truly what it has to offer them. Nothing! It is just semantics and looking after failed people in PDP to come to APC. If that is the programme, then I think that something serious must happen. The press must hold people to account because this is the time to hold people to account.”

The minister said the PDP was the only ‘solid multinational party.’

“PDP is really the only solid multinational political party; it is multi religious; it is multi ethnic. We don’t have the extremists that they have in APC and other parties; so gradually Nigerians will see the difference between these parties and those who left,” he said.


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  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    Of course Nigerians will see the difference in time. And just an advise to the honorable minister, remove the log in your eyes before worrying about the speck in someone else’s eyes. PDP is right now in shambles focus on repairing that before you tell the press what they should report. The press is obviously having a field day reporting the mess in the PDP. They will go on to APC when they are ready, but please solve your own problems first.

    • PureNigerian

      Right bro

    • Mosaku 147

      Good talk.

      • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

        So, PDP doesn’t want the Fulani’s votes. Is this what Maku is saying? If truly GEJ want to get votes from the north then he must ask Maku to be watchful of his words for now. Maku is becoming too careless with words these days.

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      Embattled Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi shocked Nigerians in a Television interview, where he confessed that he has no control over what he says most time.

      Amaechi According to Hope for Nigeria, said that, ”sometimes I don’t know what gets into my head to say some things. Before my attending Ogbakor Ikwerre, I told myself I will not talk about Wike, but I still talked”.
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      • gwangwala

        let him confess first.

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        This has absolutely nothing to do with me.

    • sticky fingers

      Mehn, APC is another joke. Imagine the interim publicity secretary saying on channels that ,they prefer a kwankwaso to a sheharau. A shekarau that built APC in kano, you now prefer a decampee,chasing the original members of the house away.I am wondering what system of government APC will adopt if they win 2015 election.

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        I am wondering too. As for PDP I guess we do not need to wonder anymore. We already know they have failed and they have failed woefully!

  • Fulani Nomad

    We have heared you Mr Maku.

  • Malik

    Labaran Maku expressed a personal view. He even said “for me” or “to me” before saying certain things. Then Premium Times says the Nigerian government has spoken. Terrible journalism.

    • Danjuma

      That’s because an info minister shouldn’t express personal opinions

      • gwangwala

        @danjuma.bc he is info minister u should not assume that he has lost his constitutional right to expression.

        • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

          @gwangwala, he has no constitutional right to express personal views in an official capacity. If he can not differentiate official and personal expressions, he has no business being where he is.

  • Issei

    Dokubo Asari Dokubo,has said it all.that weather we like it or not Jonathan must continue in 2015.or else he hill kill all of us,and they will destroy all the oil wells.that is a new way of campaign today in naija. I dey laughhhh oooooooh.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Fulani nomads are respectable people until you touch their cows. PDP decampees are not nomads but busy bodies looking for where they can loot more

  • Alhaji yusuf

    Surely, Maku, you have spoken the mind of millions of Nigerians

  • Iliya

    This is a racist remark to which Maku must apologize to the Fulani… Is someone taking note? Take him on this remark…

  • Danjuma

    Am I the only one that thinks an information minister of federation, shouldn’t be involved in politics? Surely anything a politically leaning info minister says is biased towards his political beliefs/loyalty

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      The billionaire party, whose slogan has been Change and Progressive, not only shocked Nigerians on this development, but cast their minds back to the Civilian regime of the 70s and 80s, where Politicians of NPN specialized in customizing every product to their taste, while millions of Nigerians wallop in abject poverty.

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  • Ide4u

    This image laundry has already failed. Maku, Okupe, Gulak, Abati, are million miles away from reality. PDP and GEJ has failed woefully!!!

  • Amina.

    Mr Maku you still in the dark.Where were you when the aggrieved govs were going about to elders to save Pdp.your comments then was that Pdp will be stronger so Why is new chairman going begging them to come sychofants around the president had made Pdp to sink more.What do you know about politics.Obj left 30 pdp govs nd how many govs do u hv now.Pdp leadership did not do d right thing when Tukur was there period.what do call d pple joining Pdp.

  • Man_Enough

    if apc wants to complain, they will not complain to maku. maku should mind his business (party).

  • muhammad Abdullah

    Labaran maku is not a politician bcus even in the eggon community he is nothing,that he cannot bring his ward talkless of akwanga ,wamba &nass eggon,so stop compairing urself with the best governors of tis country that cares after the wellfare of their respective state.

  • Abbati Muhammad

    “they are like the Fulani nomads, they move from one party to another without shame” Fulani Nomads are a legitimate ethnic group who have enough shame not to call others shameless. If you have shame you may like to apologize, pls.

  • BaKanon Dan Fulani

    Inferiority complex is worrying Maku. He knows that by any standard an Eggon can not march a Fulani. He must and I repeat he must withdraw this statement. I am a Hausa/ Fulani and am fraud of how Allah (SWT) created me. It was not my making but Allah destined that he will create me a Hausa/Fulani. For somebody to diminish my being, it means he is diminishing God Almighty. Secondly, for abusing our Governors, for somebody holding such an exalted office it means he did not warrant such office. Nothing different between Maku and area boys if he could make such a comment on our ELECTED Governors. Maku should remember that he was only appointed and NOT elected. Furthermore, if he could make such unmannered statement on the former VP of the Country, this shows that Maku is politically immatured, intolerant, uncultured and does not deserve the office he is presently holding. Let him remember that he is aspiring for a higher position. And what can he said about Baffarawa who rececetly decamped to PDP after romancing with ANPP, DPP, ACN, back to ANPP and APC?

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