A youth coordinator of Peoples Democratic Party, has described the defection of Professors Tunde Adeniran and Jerry Gana to the Social Democratic Party as an unfortunate development but insisted that the defection of the former ministers will have no negative effect on the fortunes of the party.
Professor Jerry Gana, a founding member of PDP had led a group of aggrieved members of the party which included an aspirant for the PDP National Chairman in the December 2017 National Convention, Professor Tunde Adeniran to the rejuvenated Social Democratic Party citing highhandedness of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state whom they alleged to have hijacked the party.
But in a chat with our correspondent on Sunday in Abuja, the National Coordinator of Peoples Democratic Party National Youth League, hon Inioribo Tamunotonye, insisted that though the news of the defection came as huge shock to him, members of the party have moved on.
“We cannot be crying over spilt milk nor oveeflogging issues. Prof Gana and Prof Adeniran have been part of the PDP story even though they have benefitted a lot from the party. As an individual, I consider their move as unfortunate but we in a democracy that allows for freedom of association so we must respect their wish irrespective of our sentiment”, he stated.
When asked of the effect on both PDP and SDP, the youth coordinator responded that there is no effect.
“The structures of our great party at all levels in Ekiti state are as firm as the rock of Gibraltar under the able leadership of Governor Ayo Fayose. I am not aware that any member of the party in the entire state followed Adeniran to SDP, not even in his ward”
“In Niger state no single structure of our party followed Jerry Gana to SDP, same with Bauchi state where Hon Shehu Gabam hails from. In fact, the state Coordinator of Peoples Democratic Party National Youth League in Bauchi state, hon Nazeef Adam, is a nephew of Shehu Gabam but refused to go with him to SDP. Gabam no doubt enjoys admiration of young people in Bauchi state but not a single one of them followed him to SDP because it doesn’t represent their interests and the interests of Bauchi people. Nothing has changed beyond media frenzy”, Tamunotonye opined.
When asked of the chances of the PDP in 2019 Presidential election, Tamunotonye has this to say;
“PDP is the party to beat. We are returning to government from May 29, 2019. But before then we are taking back Osun state and retaining Ekiti state because Ekiti citizens are pleased with Governor Fayose. Our chances are brighter than the morning star. We are winning at least about 32 states, including Kaduna, Oyo, Imo, Bauchi, Niger, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Zamfara and Katsina state where Buhari hails from among others”.