The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Borno state on Friday described the emergence of Mohammad Imam as the party’s gubernatorial candidate as a good omen.
The party said the development has already divided the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. It also denied that the choice of Mr. Imam, a former state Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria People Party, ANPP, was a rancorous one.
In a statement issued at end of a special meeting convened by leaders of the party, Usman Bama, the convener of the meeting, said Muhammed Imam’s candidature gives the party the hope of forming a state government for the first time since 1999.
Part of the statement reads:
“We felicitate with citizens of Borno state on the occasion of the New Year, and to congratulate the leadership of our great party at all levels for choosing a sure horse Mohammed Imam, as the PDP governorship candidate in Borno state”.
“Those who are conversant with developments in the state can attest to the fact that there has been massive support to Mohammed Imam’s candidature even from the camp of the incumbent Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, as many have indicated readiness to support and work for the success of Mohammed Imam.
“We note with satisfaction the unanimous endorsement of Mohammed Imam as the governorship flag bearer of the PDP in Borno state by leaders and all stakeholders of our great party, which has been upheld by the President, Dr Goodluck EbeleJonathan, the PDP national Leader and his Borno state counterpart Honorable Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State Power.
“We wish to state as a matter of fact that the emergence of Mohammed Imam as the Borno PDP Governorship flagbearer has elicited enthusiastic response from across political parties, as evidenced from the jubilations that greeted his announcement.
“The reaction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which has been desperately trying to stir unnecessary disquiet in the PDP since the candidature of Mohammed Imam was made known is a tacit demonstration of weakness, as it lacks the capability to face Imam at the polls.
“Mohammed Imam and this group would like to assure the good people of Borno state that the desire for change in governance of our dear state is real and cannot be compromised on a platter of blackmail nay mischief.
“We want use this medium to correct some certain mischievous publications being syndicated in the press recently to the effect that there has been rancor in our greatparty over thechoice of Mohammed Imam. We want to put it on clear record that there at no time was there protest byany section of the PDP under any kind of group”.