Sokoto deputy governor, Mukhtari Shagari, has vowed not to resign despite his political differences with Governor Aliyu Wamakko.
While Wamakko has moved to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shagari has insisted on remaining in the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), but also declared his loyalty to Wamakko.
“The political differences between me and and my boss would not make me resign my position. I will continue to remain respectable and loyal to my boss until when our tenure expires,” Shagari said.
Shagari spoke on Saturday at the first meeting of the PDP in the state since Governor Wamakko left for the APC, in which key PDP chieftains in the state, including Minister of Transport, Yusuf Suleiman and Senator Abubakar Gada, were absent.
However, the three senators, who are yet to join the APC, attended the meeting, which held amid tight security at the PDP’s Ilorin road secretariat.
Despite their absence, the posters of Suleiman and Gada took over the venue. The two who were key governorship contenders in 2011, are from Sokoto East while Shagari is from the South.
Downplaying their absence, Shagari, who was decked in his usual traditional white, explained that Suleiman was looking after his sick child while Gada was in Abuja making preparations for the PDP national congress.
Shagari told reporters that the PDP will not be intimidated by defections, adding that the party remains united and resolute in Sokoto State and is poised to wining at all levels come 2015.