Tu­raki can­not take over Ji­gawa PDP - Youth Leader

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako,Dutse

Youth leader of the Ji­gawa State chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party(PDP), Al­haji Dan­jani Umar, yes­ter­day said the pur­ported plan to han­dover the PDP to ex-Gover­nor Saminu Tu­raki will not work be­cause what ob­tained in Ji­gawa in 2007 is dif­fer­ent from the sit­u­a­tion now on ground.

He said, “I read a news­pa­per re­port that there is a plan to hand over the party struc­ture in the state to Saminu Tu­raki and I laughed. The people of Ji­gawa State are loyal to Gover­nor Sule Lamido be­cause of his per­for­mance and the people of Ji­gawa are in the PDP be­cause of Lamido.

“As I am talk­ing to you, the struc­ture of the party from ward level to the state are loyal to the gover­nor. The eleven mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the three sen­a­tors are Lamido’s loy­al­ists. The mem­bers of the State House As­sem­bly and the 27 lo­cal govern­ment chair­men are Lamido’s loy­al­ists. This is be­sides the nu­mer­ous elders and stake­hold­ers of the party in the state. The po­lit­i­cal dy­nam­ics in Ji­gawa has changed. If you know Ji­gawa be­fore 2007 when Lamido took over, you will see the pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tion in all sec­tors of the econ­omy. How do you dis­lodge that kind of per­former?’’

Umar said Tu­raki is a hard sell in Ji­gawa of to­day. “Those who are said to be plot­ting the idea of bring­ing Saminu back should per­ish that thought. We are more than ready for them. I am sur­prised that Tu­raki can look Ji­gawa people in the face and ask them for any­thing in view of his woe­ful record in of­fice’’

Umar told Daily Trust that he has thrown an open chal­lenge to Tu­raki for a pub­lic de­bate on his eight year record in of­fice if there is any­thing worth men­tion­ing.

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