22 senators elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday congratulated the promoters of the “New PDP”, the breakaway faction of the ruling party, and pledged their loyalty to the faction chaired by Abubakar Baraje.
The move adds to the momentum of the faction which has jolted the presidency and the leadership of the party into action in order to save the PDP from an evident implosion.
The Senators are Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, Mohammed Ali Ndume, Ahmad Zannah, Abdulahi Adamu, Abdulahi Danladi Sankara, Abdulmumini Mohammed Hassan, Umaru Dahiru, Ahmed Mohammed Maccido, Muhammad Shaaba Lafiaji, Simeon Sule Ajibola, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Magnus Ngei Abe, Wilson Asinobi Ake, Danjuma Mohammed Goje, Saidu Ahmed Alkali, Ahmed Hassan Barata, Bindowo Umar Mohammed Jibrilla, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, Ibrahim Abdulahi Gobir, Bashir Garba Mohammad, Abdulaziz Usman and Isa Galaudu.
The PDP presently has 50 senators at the National Assembly, while it boasts of 137 representatives at the House of Representatives.
THEWILL expects some members of the ruling party in congress to tow the same path as the 22 senators.
In a congratulatory message to the former vice President Atiku Abubakar, and the 7 governors that spearheaded the split, the senator said, “By this decision that no doubt provides a soothing balm that will calm frail nerves in the party, you have written your names in gold and will be remembered in our political history as men that stood to save the party and Nigeria s democracy.
“We therefore, pledge our unfettered loyalty to the Barage led PDP National Executive.”
Full text of the statement emailed to THEWILL reads, “CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE.
We heartily rejoice with our patriots and eminent Nigerians led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar GCON, and the Governors of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, Aliyu Wammako, (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Abdul Fattah Ahmed (kwara), and Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), for the bold, swift and courageous step to reposition the People’s Democratic Party under a new leadership.
We congratulate the new chairman, Alhaji Abdulahi Kawu Baraje, the Deputy Chairman, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, National secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinola and other members of the National Executive Committee for their emergence as leaders of our great party.
By this decision that no doubt provides a soothing balm that will calm frail nerves in the party, you have written your names in gold and will be remembered in our political history as men that stood to save the party and Nigeria s democracy.
We therefore, pledge our unfettered loyalty to the Barage led PDP National Executive.
1. Sen Bello Hayatu Gwarzo
2. Sen Mohammed Ali Ndume
3. Sen. Ahmad Zannah
4. Sen Abdulahi Adamu
5. Sen Abdulahi Danladi Sankara
6. Sen Abdulmumini Mohammed Hassan
7. Sen Umaru Dahiru
8. Sen Ahmed Mohammed Maccido
9. Sen Muhammad Shaaba Lafiaji
10. Sen Simeon Sule Ajibola
11. Sen Abubakar Bukola Saraki
12. Sen Magnus Ngei Abe
13. Sen Wilson Asinobi Ake
14. Sen Danjuma Mohammed Goje
15. Sen Saidu Ahmed Alkali
16. Sen Ahmed Hassan Barata
17. Sen Bindowo Umar Mohammed Jibrilla
18. Sen Aisha Jummai Alhassan
19. Sen. Ibrahim Abdulahi Gobir
20. Sen. Bashir Garba Mohammad.
21. Sen. Abdulaziz Usman
22. Sen. Isa Galaudu.”