North-East LP support groups, PCC members dump Obi for Atiku, allege tribalism, godfatherism, lack of internal democracy
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
The chances of the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi wining required vote percentage in the six states of the North-East subregion has dimmed as the North East Support Groups and Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the party have defected to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tearing their membership cards and changing the party symbols.
Announcing the decision during a press Conference held at Khairan Guest House in Bauchi on Tuesday, the Spokesperson of the Party’s Presidential Campaign Council, North East subregion, Muhammad Pantami, declared that over 4 million voters in the North East sub-region will vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP in the 2023 general elections.
According to him, based on their observations, the action of the leaders of the party has rendered the support groups and the Presidential Campaign Council of the party in the North East worthless most especially during presidential Campaign rallies despite having huge number of party members of about 4 million voters.
Muhammad Pantami further explained that they have not been carried along during campaign rallies in almost all the states of the North East which include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.
“And from all indications the story will not change in Yobe State tomorrow 1st February, 2023”, he said.
Muhammad Pantami who lamented that the Labour Party has been bedeviled by lack of internal democracy, Tribalism and God-fatherism, alleged that his members have not been getting complete information about the internal functioning of the party.
He also said that power inside the party are concentrated among the leaders, such that, not all members are able to influence decisions and alleged that the Northern block are not been involve in the process of decision making in the party.
“We only see politicking activities going or asked to do something without adequate time and other resources to prepare effectively, unlike the southerners”, he said.
The Spokesperson of the North East Labour Party Presidential campaign council also revealed that lack of federal character is the order of the day in the party such that loyalty towards leaders becomes more important than loyalty to the party principles, policies, and patriotism.
Muhammad Pantami further stated that the main stream politicking decision of the party, and the presidential campaign council (PCC) is tilted toward Southerners in the party, thereby sidelining Northerners.
“We the northerners, constitute about 65% of the voting in the presidential elections, our members are totally not satisfied with this situation”, he said.
He went further to note that “despite the fact that the North has greater percentage of voters, this problem of sidelining persists, the current situation calls for an action”.
According to him, loyalty to some few individuals that influence major decisions becomes more important than loyalty of the party constitution and patriotism which has made impossible for many hardworking stakeholders to be engaged properly in the politicking of the party.
He added that acute lack of proper engagement of stakeholders, leaders and PCC Presidential campaign council members from the North is one of the major issues that made it necessary for them to find an alternative platform for their political engagement.
Muhammad Pantami however noted that leadership actions and inactions in the Labour Party has not binded leaders and followers together in a mutual and continuing pursuit of a higher purpose, which he said has highly reduced the possibility of the success of the party in the coming presidential polls.
“Base on the aforementioned issues raised, we the leaders, stakeholders and about 4 million registered voters in the six states of Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Yobe resolved firmly to resign our membership from the labour party and defect to People’s Democratic Party”, he declared.
“We also resolved to declare our full support to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP”, he concluded.