Salama Plangshak, a chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State and the party’s Director of Research and Documentation of Professionals, has declared that no governor will decide the fate of electorates in 2023.
He also stated that the people will rise up against the “bad governance, impunity, bad economy, hunger, and insecurity” that has plagued many states across the country.
Governors who defected from the PDP to join the ruling APC were doing so for selfish reasons, he said, because “none of them left because of factions in the party, either in their respective states or at the national level.”
Plangshak stated this in a press conference in Jos, the Plateau State capital, in response to the defection of three PDP governors to the ruling APC.
He stated that, while this could be viewed as a negative development, it could also be viewed as a golden opportunity for members of the party in the affected states to rejig the party for better and stronger participation in subsequent elections, as the defected governors never acted in a way that demonstrated that they were truly members of the PDP.
Salama Plangshak statement reads: “Normally, one would say it’s a bad development because it has the tendency to discourage followers from having people of such standing leaving the party. But when you look at it critically, these people have never contributed meaningfully to the party. They were never committed to the party.”
“Again, they are leaving for their selfish interests as none of them has left on account of factions in the party either in their various states or at the national level. Ben Ayade has never been a PDP person. For the six years that he has been a governor of Cross River, he never attended any PDP function.
“Bello Matawalle became a governor by providence. The consequential Order by the Supreme Court in its judgement in 2019, saw Matawalle benefiting from the PDP votes donated to it by the electorates.
“And I thought this man would be humble and appreciative to the PDP for providing him the platform to become a governor, but he didn’t, probably because he was jittery because Marafa and Shettima have resolved their issues.
“But to me, I believe he could have caused more problems to the APC as a PDP governor and still win the election in 2023 confidently. So, you can see that they left for their personal interests and I am happy that the governors did not attribute good performance or good governance by the APC as a reason for their defection.”
“But let me intimate you of what I envisaged in 2023. It’s going to be between the governors and Nigeria masses. I foresee Nigeria masses rising up to defend their votes and make sure their votes count in 2023. Nigeria masses will rise against bad governance, against impunity, against the bad economy, against hunger and insecurity.
“Yes, Nigeria masses who are being killed with abandoned recklessness, who are being kidnapped for ransom, who go about on empty stomach not knowing where their meal would come from, who sleep with one eye closed would surely rise against those who have made them suffered the worst form of human degradation.
“Let me tell you, in 2023, no governor would decide the fate of the masses anymore”, Plangshak stressed,” Salama Plangshak said while speaking about the 2023 general elections.