Caption: PDP Nasarawa State Chairman, Yuhana Illiyah, and others
By Godwin Ojoshimite
In a bid to regain relevance and power in Nasarawa State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has commenced a meet – the – people tour that would take it to all 13 local governments in the state.
At the flag off of the tour in Toto local government which was attended by a mammoth crowd, the leadership of the party berated the Tanko Al – makura – led government for betraying the people by not fulfilling the electoral promises made to them.
Addressing party supporters at the Toto local government area secretariat of the party, venue of the inaugural tour which is expected to last for five days cutting across all local government areas, the state chairman of the party, Yunana Illiyah, denounced the existence of any new PDP in the state.
He said that the party in the state did not recognize any breakaway faction and would work only with the Bamanga Tukur led PDP.
Iliya, who berated governor Al – makura for not delivering on his campaign promises to the people of the area, also pointed accusing fingers on the APC led government for inciting inter-ethnic crisis as a divide and rule strategy for political gains.
Speaking earlier, Senator Abubakar Danso Sodangi, who expressed support for the Iliya – led state executive committee urged politicians to see attainment leadership position as an act of God.
Also, a, member representing Umuaisha/Ugya constituency in the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Yahaya Usman, stressed that despite the party’s inability to return to Lafia Government House at the last general elections, the PDP is still the most entrenched party in the state, adding that it would do everything it can to reclaim power.
The lawmaker condemned the APC government for refusing to conduct local government elections and running council areas with administrators.
“The APC government has severally asked us to prepare for local council polls only to call it off at the final hour for fear of defeat by the PDP, ” he observed.
A party supporter, Mohammed Isah, who hails from Umaisha, said although the APC government provided them with some basic social amenities eclipsing that of the PDP, their support for the PDP is based on their credentials in human and economic empowerment.
Hamada Mohammed, who comes from the same area, aligned herself with the view saying she is more comfortable with the PDP because it has been with them for a long time.