Musa Na Allah Sokoto
The All-progressives Congress (APC) has said that a battle line has been drawn, between the APC and the masses of Sokoto State, on one hand, the selfish political mercenaries in the state and their paymasters on the other hand.
The State APC Chairman, Alhaji Isah Sadeeq Achida made the remarks at a press conference held at the Party secretariat on Tuesday.
He said the recent political wanderers that staged the show of shame last Sunday, danced naked in the market square, which only ended in inflicting incurable political injury on themselves and nailing their political coffins.
“We are happy to see the formal departure of PDP moles in Sokoto state, whose assignment has failed and who in the end shamefully went home with their tails between their legs.
“We know all the defectors. They are people who have been rejected by their communities. They have no political value at State, local government, or even ward levels.
“The various speeches they made at the event, portrayed them as bad sportsmen, who should have no place in any democratic setting. Politics is like sports, where there are always winners and losers. Unfortunately, these are selfish individuals, who are only interested in their personal comfort, rather than the welfare of the people they claim to represent.”
He said it is instructive to note that none of the so-called decampees gave any acceptable reason, that attracted him to his unfortunate journey to the PDP bandwagon.
According to him, none among the defectors to PDP cited any tangible State Government project or achievement, in any sector of human endeavor, because, there is none, rather they only engaged in political irrelevancies.
“No wonder, the entire defectors are made up of people who have turned their backs on those that were instrumental to bringing them into the political limelight, among whom are people who became Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, after being single-handedly nominated by Senator Wamakko the leader of the party in Sokoto state.
“Some also in the group were single-handedly sponsored into the State and National Assemblies, with many of them being returned for more than two tenures, courtesy of Senator Wamakko.
“We in the APC deem it as political suicide for the defectors to have aligned themselves with the failed government of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. A government that lacks accountability. A government without focus. A government that has impoverished Sokoto State through doubtful financial deals.”
He said the Sokoto APC equally challenge Governor Tambuwal to explain to the people of Sokoto State, the reasons for the inability of his government, to renovate the Sokoto Central Market, as well as the fate of shop owners who lost their fortunes in the ill-fated fire outbreak early last year.
“We call on the Sokoto State Governor to also borrow a leaf from his colleague Governors of neighboring States, who have unfailingly paid the retirement benefits of civil servants in their States. It is disheartening to note that retired civil servants in Sokoto State are being owed gratuities since 2016, without any concrete plan of settling them, in spite of several broken promises.
“We reject the outright sale of the State Civil Service Club premises along Ali Akilu Road because this is the only recreational facility available to civil servants in the State.
“We equally reject the outright sale of the Buzaye mechanics village, along J. Allen Avenue, Sokoto, and will take every available legal means to make sure that the mechanics are not ejected from where they earn their legitimate means of living.
“We also believe the sale of this mechanic village by the state government will add to unemployment and further compound the security situation in the State.
“We salute the patience and resilience of the good people of the State, in the face of the PDP misrule. We thank them for their understanding and encouragement.