The Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Council, Ahmadu Ali, on Tuesday said his party will make sure the former Information Minister, Labaran Maku, fails for the rest of his life for defecting to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA,.
Mr. Ali said Mr. Maku is a “dangerous boy” who the PDP helped groom from nothing, adding that his defection will cause a reduction in the number of votes the PDP will garner in Nasarawa state.
The Director-General who stated this at the PDP presidential rally in Lafia, explained that the former minister benefited from the PDP-led Federal Government only to defect to another party.
“We have a young man who from nowhere was a Deputy Governor of this state for four years, from nowhere he was made a Minister at the federal level for six years; he decided to leave the party for another party and keep telling lies that by being in that party, he is helping us.
“He is only going there to reduce our votes. He is a dangerous boy.
“We must make sure that now that he has shown his colour, he will continue failing for the rest of his life unless he retraces his steps back to the elders like us and we will forgive him.”
Mr. Ali then urged the electorate in the state to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and other candidates of the party at both federal and state levels.
Mr. Jonathan said lending such a support to the former minister would amount to anti-party behaviour.
He, therefore, expressed his support for all the PDP candidates in the state in the February 14 and 28 general elections.
“We are told and everybody spoke about that the former Minister of Information that is in another party and saying that it is the President who asked him to go to another party. Definitely I cannot play anti-party.
“PDP is my party and all those who want to help us should come to PDP and work for PDP so that PDP will be in control of Nasarawa State so that government of PDP in Nasarawa State and the Federal Government that will be in the hands of PDP and work together to move Nasarawa State forward,” Mr. Jonathan said.
Also speaking, the President of the Senate, David Mark, urged Mr. Maku to desist from dropping the name of Mr. President in his quest to achieve his political ambition.
He advised him to apologise to the PDP ”if he is willing to return to the party”, saying that the PDP would wholeheartedly accept him into its fold.
“People of Nasarawa State, don’t be deceived by any ungrateful son of yours, who goes round saying he is in another political party because Mr. President has put him there.
“That is absolute lie, you must never believe it. We said so few days ago and we are emphasising it again. And we want to emphasise it; (the) President is body and soul PDP.
“He can’t, therefore, put somebody in another political party to be campaigning on behalf of another political party.
“How can you be in APGA and be campaigning for the PDP presidential candidate?
“Return to PDP with apology because before we even take him he has to apologise to all the good people in PDP.