Less than two weeks before the general elections, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday made an overture to former information minister, Labaran Maku, asking him to withdraw his candidature in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in favour of the PDP candidate, Yusuf Agabi.
The call is coming three months after Maku, defected from the PDP after losing the December 8, 2014 governorship primary. He moved to the APGA where he picked the governorship ticket.
Maku had petitioned the national leadership of the party, complaining that his aspiration to fly the PDP flag was manipulated.
However, on Thursday, the PDP in the state said Maku has no home anywhere else than the PDP, and urged him to consider the “special favours” he has benefitted from the party in 14 years.
They urged him not to be angered by the outcome of the primary election where he and seven others lost to Agabi.
“He (Maku) should be thankful to God Almighty for the special favour bestowed on him throughout his almost 14 years in public office. It is sad that he has made PDP the party that developed him his first enemy,” Senator Solomon Ewuga, state governorship campaign coordinator said at a media briefing in Lafia.
Ewuga was accompanied by the party’s governorship candidate Yusuf Agabi, his running mate, Barrister John Mathew, the coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan re-election in the, Dameshi Barau Luka, who is also the state deputy governor, and the state party chairman, Yunana Iliya, as well as other party top shots.
Senator Ewuga said Maku will not win the election where he is allegedly playing the religious and ethnic cards, accusing the former minister of working for the APC, which government in the state, he accused of corruption, violence, religious bigotry and other forms of underdevelopment.
“Because he knows he would not win, he works in liaison with APC so that PDP will be defeated. Gracefully our people will vote and change the politics in Nasarawa State for good in 2015.”
But Maku reacted swiftly in a phone interview with Daily Trust, saying: “their call for me to return is a confirmation that I am the candidate the PDP rejected.” He accused the party in the state of “religious politics,” and vowed to pursue his candidacy to success at the April 11 poll where he said will be the final burial place of the PDP.
“PDP is a party of the past, as its leaders including those making accusations and labeling me this or that. They are confused because they sold a ticket, and came out with a candidate who has no constituency,” Maku said.
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