Jonathan is a joker, our members won’t return to PDP – APC

The All Progressives Congress has reaffirmed that those who defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will never return. The party was reacting to a recent ultimatum given by the President to its members who defected to the opposition party to either return or lose relevance in the nation’s political scene. “We have opened the door for a few days. You join us these few days, the position you occupy is the position any other person will occupy. No discrimination. “But if you don’t come and come later, you will queue behind your ward assistant chairman,” Jonathan said at a PDP rally in Owerri, Imo State, on Saturday, Reacting to Jonathan’s statement, the APC through its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the President’s comments was an embarrassing joke. “I read the President’s statement where he said if they don’t come back, they will lose all the privileges they used to enjoy. Forgetting the fact that in these states, the governors have not only come over to the APC, they came with the entire members of their Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly.
“Does he not understand that these people have crossed the bridge of no return? What will happen if in a few days time they don’t return? Why does the President want to ridicule himself? Supposing after one or two weeks they don’t return what is going to happen? He will have diminished his value.” One of the defected governors, Murtala Nyako of Adamwa State, said it was too late in the day to ask him or any of his colleagues to go back to the PDP. Nyako, while speaking through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said, “We have left the PDP and there is no going back. It is not an issue of giving people ultimatums, we cannot be part of the PDP as it is presently constituted. We are comfortable where we are.” Also, governor Rotimi Amaechi in his own reaction said the President should persuade them instead of giving them ultimatum. The governor, who spoke through the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Tony Okocha, said the defected governors and other politicians should be wooed to the PDP and not forced back to the party. “This ultimatum thing is not necessary. You cannot force governors that have defected to the APC back to the PDP by giving ultimatum. What the President needs is to woo or persuade them and not to give ultimatum,” Amaechi said.

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