•As PDP BOT chair cautions members against reckless statements
A founding father of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one time governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, on Monday, said the party did not lose in the 2015 presidential election, even as he said the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not win as well.
Ciroma, who disclosed this in Abuja, when the members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party paid him a courtesy visit, stated that just before the last elections, he warned members of the party that they should prepare themselves for whatever eventuality.
The former finance minister, who pointed out that PDP must know that APC was going to make mistakes, said “you must be ready to put things right.”
According to him, “all of you must be ready to participate and contribute for the interest of the ordinary people.
“Today, people talk more about PDP as if APC doesn’t exist. So far APC is not playing the right role, my appeal is that members of the PDP should come together to participate actively for the interest of the common man.
“Politics will always be there and there will be good and bad people to participate in it, it will not be a one party, there will always be two or more parties and every party has a chance to rule and to make mistakes. People must play a good role in politics to protect the interest of the common man.”
This came just as the BoT of the PDP cautioned party leaders against reckless statements while cautioning members to stop crying wolf where there was none.
Speaking during the visit, chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, condemned the recent call for the intervention of the BoT and the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party to persuade members of the party in the National Assembly not to participate in the impeachment of President Muuhammadu Buhari.
According to him, “any call to invite the national caretaker committee or the BoT to direct our respected members of the National Assembly not to impeach Mr President is only going to overheat the polity, because it has never been contemplated by the PDP.”
He pointed out that during the recent visist of the members of the BoT to the NASS, they were very impressed by the high level of cooperation among all members that produced Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President, despite their political leanings.
Other members of the BoT, including Professor Jerry Gana, Senator Adolphous Wabara, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Stella Omu, pleaded with Alhaji Ciroma not to abandon the party at this critical period.