Jonathan can not monopolize PDP-Lamido

Jigawa State Governor and member of the G7, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan cannot monopolise the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party belongs to all  members and no governor can become subservient to him.
Answering questions during an interview with the Hausa service of Vision FM radio in Abuja, the governor decried the numerous threats and insults on governors, saying if a Divisional Police Officer could be sent to assault governors, it then means the common man is seriously in danger, adding, “if we are nothing to the president, to have been sent a DPO, the same can be applied to other governors”.
He said all what is happening under the Bamanga-led leadership of the party are geared towards clearing the way for Jonathan to contest again in 2015.
“The party is not for Jonathan alone. Nobody would have absolute control of the party, or to have its monopoly, so that we become subservient to him. The party is for all of us,” he stated. Lamido maintained that president Jonathan is using Bamanga Tukur to continue in office, “thinking that the party is his own. We say no. It is ours, as even Obasanjo, Babangida and Gowon all wanted to continue, but had to leave the stage at separate times”.
Noting that the G7 governors are not at friction with Jonathan, the governor insisted that their agitation is borne out of the looming dangers they foresee in the future of the party, should the current trend continues.
“In 1999, we only had three parties. The PDP,AD and APP. Then AD shrinked to form ACN. APP became ANPP and now become part of APC. So it is only the PDP that is in existence today. So we cannot allow it to also follow similar path,” said Lamido. 
The governor also accused the president of reneging on his promise to construct an airport in the state as part of his promises to the state before the 2011 election.
He dismissed linking the president’s failure to release adequate funds for the airport project with  the ongoing face off with the president, arguing; “even if this airport issue was behind it, am I wrong?” The governor disclosed that only N900 million out of the N1.1 billion federal government contribution was released to the state as part of the airport project.


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