The Senate President, Senator David Mark, has said the former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, had betrayed President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by dumping the party for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
He said President Jonathan was not in support of Maku’s gubernatorial ambition in APGA.
Mark made the remark in Keffi while addressing the PDP supporters during the commencement of the Nasarawa State governorship campaign.
He called on the people of the state to disregard all claims, name-dropping and insinuations making the rounds that President Jonathan was in support of Mr. Labaran Maku’s gubernatorial aspiration on the platform of APGA in the state.
In his words: “I want to call on you and other Nigerians to disregard insinuations going round the state that our president is supporting Mr. Labaran Maku in the state for his governorship ambition under APGA,” adding that, “President Jonathan is in the PDP and will never support any candidate outside the PDP.”
He said Maku, after benefiting a lot from the PDP government had defected to APGA.
The senate president said such a decision was not in the best interest of the PDP, adding that nobody should say that the president was supporting his governorship ambition in the state.
“President Jonathan is only supporting all the PDP candidates in the country and I call on you and other Nigerians to disregard any information regarding supporting Maku as it is not only false but unfounded and created by those who want to create a division in the party,” Mark said.
Mark called on Nigerians to vote for Jonathan and all PDP candidates during the February election regardless of ethnic, religion, adding that it is only the PDP that would bring the much needed dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
He said a vote for the PDP is a vote for quality education, peace, development and a vote for transformation in all the sectors of the economy and assured Nigerians of the federal government commitment in tackling poverty, unemployment and insecurity in the country.
Governors Babangida Aliyu, Gabriel Suswam of Niger and Benue States, Senator Bala Mohammed, Senator Walid Jibrin, Aliyu Akwe, the former governor of the state, PDP National Assembly members among others were in attendance.