The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has called on all governorship, National Assembly and other aspirants in the party, who are aspiring to contest in the forthcoming 2015 general election to take their campaigns to the grassroots, as the era of Abuja politicians is gone.
Mu'azu's charge also came on the same day the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, urged PDP members to use the state (Delta) as a yardstick of support for President Goodluck Jonathan as the state was 100 per cent behind the president’s second term ambition.
Similarly, the former Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has said PDP members that defected to APC will come back when they see fire in their new party.
Mu’azu, who spoke when Uduaghan led the state PDP delegation on a courtesy visit at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, said: “I hate when people tell me 'I am on ground'. When you stay away from the people and you want to be governor, it will not work; the people are looking at you. Those of you who will sit on the governor's lap, or on my lap, you will not succeed. You have to campaign, you have to tell people what our party is doing.
“Ticket belongs to God. It is there; it is not here. If you want to be governor, aspire; unambitious people is not worth living with, but you have to be fair about it. . If a governor loves you, you should go and campaign, ensure that the party is strengthened, ensure that the people know and love our party. Tell them who we are and tell them where they were and where we have brought them and tell them where we are going. Surely, this is the party to beat. Our party is the biggest, it is the largest, it is the strongest and it is the largest family
"Those of you who are Abuja, Asaba, Warri politicians, go to the hinterland and campaign and I assure you, you will win.”
Referring to members of the party that have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP national chairman said: “Those of us who have gone to strange land, please come back home, your house is there for you. I assure you that we will deepen internal democracy so much that whoever wins our primary in Delta can go and sleep, knowing that he will win the main election."
Earlier, Uduaghan had said the state was 100 per cent behind President Jonathan re-election bid.
According to him, “In the National Assembly all the members of the Senate and House of Representatives belong to PDP. We have ten members and three senators and in the State House of Assembly, we have 28 members out of 29 and the only seat left is for the minority leader, who can call up anything to join PDP. So, in Delta State, there is no room for opposition. The state is absolutely a PDP state.
On the second term presidential ambition for President Jonathan, the governor said: “He is one of our own. We thank all members that contributed in making him the President and we will continue to support him 100 per cent.
“In Delta State, you can beat your chest that this is one of the states that is performing in Infrastructure, Human Capital Development. Peace and Security”, while stating how his administration is repositioning the state beyond oil and gas, especially in the field of agriculture.
Meanwhile, Ijaw leader, Clark, who spoke at the occasion, said: “Those who went away some will come back. Those who are on the other side they are coming to you (Mu’azu). That shows that it is not a one-way traffic.
“I said a few days ago that when some leaders left PDP, no matter what positions they held before, it was uneventful exercise because they have been moving from party to party. So there is nothing strange.
“I know where they have gone to when the fire is very hot there they will come back to you and say can we come back? When they don’t admit them.”