PDP must win Borno in 2015 — Minister

Mohammad Wakil, the Minister of State for Power, on Monday expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will win Borno State in the 2015 gubernatorial polls, going by recent developments.

Mr. Wakil said this at a news conference attended by all PDP senior officials in Maiduguri.

He said that those in attendance had decided to abandon their differences, with a view to uniting to fight a common front.

“We in Borno are in a state of mourning over the insurgency that has claimed so many lives.

“But we are also working towards bringing a lasting change come 2015 general elections,” Mr. Wakil said.
He added: “Change is a must in Borno in 2015 for the prosperity of our people.

“We have collectively resolved to put aside our differences to pave way for the imminent change.”

Mr. Wakil stated that no amount of federal appointments could take the place of a state government.

He expressed the need for Borno to return to national politics, to achieve a fast tracked development as from 2015.

“We now have a golden opportunity to win the state and change our history of losses to victory and collective prosperity.

“We have the rare opportunity to add the state government to the long list of PDP states,” Mr. Wakil said.
He said that the party members were not satisfied with getting federal appointments alone.

“No amount of federal opportunities, including that of a minister, can take the place of a state government.

“Our target is therefore to install a PDP-led Borno State Government in 2015; we must unite further for us to achieve this goal; we must be conscious that we are seeking to vote out a seating government,” Wakil said.

He said that the party had become stronger in the state, following “non-performance by the ruling APC”.

“We can do it because we are now one united family, with the entire Borno people solidly behind us.

“The Almighty Allah has granted us unity. We now have a pan Borno agenda, supported by all and designed to take our state to higher height,” the minister said.

“I thank Allah that this is happening in my time as the leader of our great party in this state.

“I am elated that division among our leaders which had cost us several electoral losses is now a thing of the past; our capacity to keep PDP strong and virile to this point is legendary.

“Our success manifests even more as it attracts politicians of substance into our fold,” he said.

Mr. Wakil used the occasion to formally welcome former Gov. Ali Modu Sheriff and his supporters to the PDP from the APC.

“It is on this note that I declare that we fully accept and welcome distinguished Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, a former Gov. of Borno and other leaders with their followers from the APC to the PDP.

“We also welcome into the PDP all those who had come earlier and those who are yet to come; our doors are open,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • Abufati

    Mohammed wakil, yes PDP will win in Borno, but only if you are able to step into your home town of Gwoza. i never heard you even sympathizing with your kins men of gwoza for all their sufferings in the hands of BH, now you are saying u must win election. Why you people have no shame to make some statement just bcos you found your self in the looting circle. I can remember the young you while lecturing in BOCOLIS, then, i respected you and thought you will be a radical leader that is committed to the well being of people around you. but to my surprise PDP change you. Sorry for your once clean soul.

    • waziri

      Abufati, don’t waste ur time on this shameless people who apart from PDP think that there is no God. Wakil, I can see the blessing u and ur party brought to the people of BORNO. If brutal killings is development, then PDP will win BORNO.

  • Jika

    If wishes were horses————–

  • Aminu

    Mohammed Wakil,this is for your safe keeping “should all the Federal security personnels and all The Jona Haram should decide to Partner in ballot stuffing in favour of PDP, rest assured Borno people will resist you with their last blood”.I can now see the reason for extending emergency rule in the North East and recent warning given to Mubi people by Jonaharam to avoid voting exercise comes 2015.PDP you have been exposed to be the Dracula who bent on sucking blood of the poor for political reason.Can you imagine supposed son of the soil his only concern is rigging election in favour of his party and not the daily river of blood watering public places in the North.

    • arc.Dan azumi

      Lallai ruwan da ya bugi mutun shine ruwa

  • Ojukwu Chukwudi

    Wakil you are not an indigene of Borno state, and Ali Modu Shekau cannot win his ward not to talk of Maiduguri. You and your boss Ali Modu Shekau shoould first advise your sponsor GEJ to capture your town Damboa and Ali Shekau’s town Dikwa from his friends.

  • Sharia_Haram

    It is a must whether Boko-Haram like it or not.

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    You have already won because your Boko Haram are there for you. You have already captured more towns and villages and have killed one quarter of the population.

  • Abubakar sfada

    Mammam wakil U a nt a human beling, can U emerging politicians becoming a disease to there home town peoples everyday killing just because of power, yeye man kawai

  • Spoken word

    He should be worried more about defeating Boko haram. What point is there winning a state that end’s up in another country.

  • Proud Nigerian

    “MUST” win? You didnt say God willing. We are waiting.