A member of All Progressives Congress (APC) and outgoing Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the 7th Senate, Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a bullying party devoid of internal democracy where impunity reigned supreme as a common feature.
The Senator who stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said his registration as an APC member on March 30, 2015, was necessary to enable him contribute to the enrichment of good governance and enhancement of the socio-economic development of the country, as planned by the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari.
Abatemi-Usman, a former member of PDP contested the last senatorial election on the platform of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) after he was unfairly denied the PDP ticket.
Speaking on his sojourn in PDP, the Kogi Senator, who gave total support to Buhari against President Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential poll said: ?PDP came to life in 1998. And one of those that was there was my father. My father was one of the founding fathers of PDP. And in this clime, you hardly want to do things opposite your father. So, I naturally took to PDP. But for you to know that I am not one of your regular followers, I have had many, many opportunities to disagree with a PDP-led position in the Senate. I will tell you some. The case of the River State House of Assembly wanting to impeach a sitting governor with a minority of four members which was a position of the PDP, I was frontally against that. The case of the invasion of the National Assembly by the Nigerian Police, a democratic and legal abomination, I was against that frontally. The PDP and the PDP-led government saw nothing wrong in it. I have had my times and opportunities to disagree with the situation and a position that went against my core belief. And indeed when the PDP shamefully went against me in the primaries after I emerged winner, I said okay. I am not going to fight you. You are a big bully! But I am not going to run away from you. I stood in their face and I say you know what, I am taking my leave. And what did I do? I stood against the bully. I ran against the bully. I made sure the bully did not come back to that same seat.”
He continued: “The story of a Buhari emergence as the President-Elect is not a story of one man. It is a story of many parts. And definitely, I am one of those parts. I stood against the bully in power. The minimum I contributed to Buhari is a 20,000 votes, over 17,000 votes, not counting the mistakes done by the old people who wanted me. It is verifiable because I brought a new platform, a completely new platform in my own constituency, Kogi Central, never been held of before, PPA, Progressive Peoples Alliance. We stood against Jonathan and supported Buhari?s candidature. That is a part of our story. So, I go where I have belief, where I am convinced I should go. It is the story of this country that we?ve not grown to that level as to have very defined ideologies. Well, thankfully I have come to the end of the road with my dear PDP. And the rest tomorrow shall tell.?
FROM MICHAEL JEGEDE