Gumbari Advises Voters Against Vote Selling
In respect to the recent defections which they opined has mostly favoured the Peoples Democratic Party, the North-West zone of the party are confident of winning that geopolitical zone in the 2019 general elections.
Mr Joseph Gumbari, Secretary, North-West zone of the party, while discussing with NAN stated on Tuesday that the decamping of politicians from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the PDP have strengthened the party to regain the zone which it lost in 2015.
“Sokoto is already in the kitty; Kano is within grasp while Kaduna and Jigawa are “practically” back to the fold.
“Zamfara people are feeling neglected. They have continued to express their disappointment and have vowed to show their anger during the polls in 2019.
“We are also taking the battle to President Muhammadu Buhari’s home in Katsina State where we are not doing badly. We got more than 60,000 votes during the senatorial bye-elections in his constituency last week which is a good showing.
“There is some cause for celebration, but we are not taking anything for granted. We are still working for the return of more people that made us thick before they derailed in 2015,’’ Gumbari, a former member of the National Assembly, said.
Gumbari, while reacting to the defection trend, said that his party has been strengthened to pull the largest voters in the country come 2019.
He claimed that there will be more defectors into the party, and the party’s door were open to anyone who is ready to join the train.
He assured members of PDP that the party would ensure a level playing ground to all its members, but advised the defectors to place national interest above individuals desires.
He also advised politicians seeking elective offices to play the game by the rule, saying that winning an election should not be seen as a “do or die’’ affair.
Gumbari took the opportunity to advise Nigerians to acquire their Permanent Voters’ Cards, so as to have a say in the government, and further advised voters against vote selling.
“People must vote their conscience and resist the temptation to sell their votes for peanuts,’’ he counselled.