A former governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, has said members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are free to decamp to another party.
Lamido, a former minister of foreign affairs, said there is no compulsion in the membership of a party.
The former governor, made the statement on Tuesday, October 22 while addressing members of the party in Dutse, the state capital. He said the meeting was convened to fill the vacuums created in the party’s leadership as a result of defection or death at zonal, state and local government levels. According to him, those that left simply because the party lost out in the last general elections, would soon realize that only PDP was the political party worth dying for. He noted that many top politicians had left PDP, but the party has survived, arguing that it was a clear indication that the party was built on national interest and people based ideology. He said the PDP was formed to survive without powerful individuals, adding that no one’s departure would not make any difference. “The death of Dr. Alex Ekweme and Solomon Lar or the decamping of Barnabas Gemade and Audu Ogbe, who were all former PDP chairmen did not reduce the party’s strength; or even that of the former president Obasanjo, who also abandoned the party at one time,” Daily Trust quoted him as saying.