From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa state will on Friday receive former Governor of the state, Ibrahim Saminu Turaki back into its fold, even though this may come as a shocker to some party loyalists in the state.
The proposed reception for Turaki, our correspondent reported, has thrown the state PDP members into a marathon meeting that involved all the major stakeholders within the state.
The former Governor was said to have been holding series of meetings with his political associates after he was allegedly wooed by the national leadership of the party to checkmate the party leader in the state, Sule Lamido.
According to a source close to the former Governor, the arrangement to join the PDP has been concluded and prominent personalities from the state PDP, whom are said not to be in tandem with the sitting governor, would also join the bandwagon.
In the same vein, Alhaji Abba Anas, who is a PDP chieftain in the state and also the party’s sole administrator in Sokoto, told Peoples Daily that the former Jigawa Governor would, within the week, declare his allegiance to the PDP, after his three years exile to the ACN.
According to him, “we have been mandated to hold talks with the former Governor with a view to woo him back to PDP because of his potency in the party and the obvious truth that the present Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, may work against our President, Goodluck Jonathan”.
Also, the state PDP Chairman, Salisu Mamouda, confirmed to journalists in Jigawa that the state PDP has received an informal report that the former Governor is consulting with his political allies over the proposed defection to PDP.
Mahmouda explained thus, “as far as I am concerned, nobody has formally contacted us on the issue of Turaki joining the PDP, however, the party is like an ocean that is ready to engulf all and if he has decided to join us, I would be happy for him”.
“We would accept him if he comes to us, like we have accepted others into the PDP, we would give him our terms and conditions, but we must also accord him the respect of a former governor that was formally in ANPP that turned to PDP only to leave to ACN”, he added.
The PDP chairman debunked the allegation that the Presidency may be behind the former Governors return, especially given that Sule Lamido and the state PDP were being accused of sitting on the fence, stating that “we in Jigawa are fully in support of PDP, we have never contemplated leaving the party for any”.
It would be recalled that no sooner than the former Jigawa Governor, Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, left office, that he got into serious battle with his successor, Alhaji Sule Lamido.