* Dep Gov: We will help Mr. President back to Aso Rock
By Bashir Adefaka
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, formally received the former governor and leader of All Progressives Party, APC, in Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, into the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
At the Shehu Kangiwa Square in the Sokoto State capital, venue of the event, Jonathan assured the people of the state that with Bafarawa and Deputy Governor Mukhtari Shehu Shagari in the PDP, the more development was certain for Sokoto.
To the defecting governors and other officers of the PDP, who recently defected to APC, the President wished that Nigeria were to be a parliamentary state, he would have declared emergency election in their respective constituencies.
Bafarawa, in his address, said his defection to PDP was based on the popular decision and instruction of his supporters.
Sokoto is the only state in Nigeria that is presently administered by a governor/deputy governor leadership operating on different political platforms. Whereas Governor Aliyu Wamakko has defected from PDP to APC, his deputy and former Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Mukhtari Shehu Shagari, refused to move with his boss.
Earlier at the Bafarawa’s welcome event, the deputy governor appreciated the Federal Government presence that Jonathan had made possible in Sokoto especially in the area of the Al-Majiris Education System that, according to him, had now sent almajiris off Sokoto streets into learning engagement.
He concluded by telling the President, “Don’t worry yourself. 2015, we will, by the grace of Allah, send you back to Aso Rock.”
The event was well attended by top government officials and members of the National Working Committee of the PDP. They include Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark, Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Ibrahim Shehu Shema (Katsina), Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and former Governors Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Abdul Kadir Kure (Niger) and Mahmuda Shinkafi (Zamfara).
Others are the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and a former Minister of Aviation, Kema Chikwe among others.