Nigerians looking to PDP for salvation from APC – Lamido

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*hails Wike for being resolute in battling ‘undemocratic forces’

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By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Chairman of the Forum of Former Ministers, Dr Sule Lamido has said that the hope of ordinary Nigerians lies solely on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in rescuing them from the present yoke of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Details of the visit was contained in a statement signed by Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.
According to the statement, Lamido expressed this when he led other members of the forum on a solidarity visit to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt over what they described as being under siege of undemocratic forces.
“Nigerians are looking on to the PDP for salvation and emancipation from the APC. Our governors must stand together to be our rallying point,” he said.
He pointed out that the Solidarity Visit to Governor Wike was aimed at encouraging him to remain steadfast and focused in his promotion of the tenets of democracy.
He said: “We are with you in your travails. We support you all the way. We know that you are under siege by anti-democratic forces.
“No matter the tyranny of the oppressor, the voice of the people must be heard. That was the case of Rivers State during the Rivers Rerun Elections “.
Lamido regretted that everyday, Nigerians are being divided by the APC Federal Government, which has no respect for the principles of democracy.
They asked the governor to stand firm in his defence of democracy.
This is as Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured that he will remain focused to defend democracy and the interest of the Rivers people.
Expressing optimism that the  PDP Governors would provide a canopy for the revival of the PDP.
Former Ministers have declared their support for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in the face of a political siege on Rivers State as masterminded by the All Progressives Congress ( APC).
They lauded  Wike for being a pillar of democracy and providing the right leadership for the Rivers people.
In his response, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike declared that for the Rivers people, they have resolved to remain with the PDP.
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He said: “We will continue to stand firm and defend democracy. For us, we have made up our mind. Our family is PDP.
“We are prepared to pay the price. We are determined to work for the PDP at all times”.
The governor said that the crisis in the party will soon be resolved in the interest of the country.
He explained that the state has had her rerun elections, learnt the required lessons, which would guide it in the future.
Governor Wike said: “Don’t have sleepless nights. The PDP will remain strong in Rivers State. We will continue the struggle against anti-people forces and we shall continue to win”.
The Representatives of the Forum of Former Ministers at the Solidarity Meeting include: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Jigawa State Governor, Dr Sule Lamido, Former Minister of Education and Former Kano State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Former Minister of Youth Development and Former Adamawa State Governor, Mr Boni Haruna, Former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, Former Minister of Women Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih, Former Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada and Former Minister, Ambassador Musa Kazaure.
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