15 January 2014

Nigeria: Return to PDP, Clark Pleads With Defected Lawmakers

Ijaw leader and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has appealed to the 37 members of the House of Representatives who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He also called on the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, governors elected on the platform of PDP, who operated under the aegis of the PDP Governors' Forum, stakeholders and other leaders to work together in unison. He stated that this had become necessary since 2014 was the last year before the 2015 presidential election.

Clark spoke yesterday, when he received members of PDP from Kwara South senatorial district led by the Senator representing the zone and Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa and New Partnership for Africa's Development, (NEPAD) Senator Simeon Ajibola, at his Asokoro residence, in Abuja.

The elder statesman, who predicted that the APC would soon explode, added that the problems they would soon encounter would be greater than what they imagined, while also emphasising that the matter was constitutional and not sentimental.

According to him, there was no crisis in the PDP as explained by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stressing that there could be disagreement, but that should not translate to a crisis that could lead to the lawmakers leaving the PDP.

He said: "There is no crisis in PDP, those who defected in the House of Representatives from PDP to APC should realise the consequences because INEC says no crisis in PDP. PDP is intact. If five out of 23 governors depart, if 1,000 from Kaduna State defect, it does not mean that there is crisis, people disagree.

"I want to appeal to the House of Representatives members to retract and go back to PDP because it has not reached that stage; it is legal and not sentimental. The constitution is the Koran and Bible of Nigeria, it is supreme and it states that if you defect when no crisis in the party, you lose your seat. PDP is their party, they should remain."

Speaking on the defection, he warned that no human being should claim sole ownership of a state because the people own the state, explaining that Kwara State like other states belongs to the people and not to Bukola Saraki.

He further stated that there was no way the former governor could do what the late father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, could do.

In their remarks, Ajibola and Senator Suleiman Ajadi, who both noted that they decided to take their faith into their hands in Kwara South, vowed to remain in PDP and support President Goodluck Jonathan, pleaded with the federal government to support them in achieving their set goals.

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