There are speculations that the former Minister for Information, Labaran Maku, will stand in next year’s election as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. Maku’s action may be a snub to President Goodluck Jonathan, who pleaded with aggrieved PDP members not to leave the party. Maku was earlier reported to have approached the leadership of the Labour Party, LP, with the intent of contesting on its platform, but met a brickwall due to the refusal of the party’s governorship candidate, Innocent Lagi, to cede the ticket to him.
Maku is aggrieved with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following his defeat at the party’s governorship primaries, which produced a little known politician, Yusuf Agabi.
Maku expressed discontent with the PDP national leadership, which he accused of interfering with the process through which Agabi emerged. The hint that Maku was unrelenting with his political aspiration became all clear when he told ethnic groups that visited him on Christmas day that his governorship ambition was on course.
“It is the people of the state that called me to contest for the governorship seat in order to rescue them and bring peace to the state, and I have answered the calls…I want to tell you that there is no going back on my gubernatorial ambition come 2015,” Maku told his visitors.