A former senator, Sen. Abubakar Sodangi, has reiterated that he did not decamp from PDP to All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest for the governorship seat in 2019. Sodangi represented Nasarawa West at the National Assembly between 1999 and 2011 under the platform of PDP.
He made this known on Tuesday when he spoke with newsmen in his country home, Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state. Sodangi debunked rumours making round in some quarter in the state that he defected to the APC to contest for the governorship seat in 2019 as not only false but unfounded.
He added that he was not contesting for governorship seat in 2019. “First and foremost, I want to use this medium to heartily facilitate with President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov.Tanko Al-Makura and all other Muslim faithful on the successful celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.
“I want to call on the Muslim ummah and other Nigerians to see sallah celebration as a way of transforming their faith with God and their brothers and to live in peace, unity, tolerate one another for the progress and development of our nation. “I want to use this medium to make it clear to the people of the state and the entire world that I did not leave the PDP to APC to vie for the state governorship seat in 2019.
“What made me to dumped the PDP for APC in the state is impunity, impostition of candidates, lack of internal democracy, lack of good party leadership among others. “And if anybody that said I defected to APC because of governorship seat, it is not true. “I defected to APC to add value and my experiences to the party through giving them positive advices and ideas that would bring much more progress and development to party, the state and the country at large,” he said.
He said he would continue to assist his people, while urging the wealthy individuals and other Nigerians to assist the less privileged to better their standard of living. Sodangi urged Nigerians to support the APC-led government to enable them succeed in the task ahead of them.
He urged Nigerians, especially the youths to be law abiding, respect constituted authority and to engage in meaningful ventures in order to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development. The former senator urged the people of the state and other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation for the overall development of the country.