By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
Former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, on Thursday accused ex-governors of using the National Assembly to hide from possible prosecution by anti-graft agencies.
He further reiterated that he will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party even if he fails to secure the Presidential ticket of the party.
The former Sokoto State governor who spoke with some journalists in Abuja said that good governance and party supremacy must be respected at all times.
According to him, some of the former governors have made the national assembly a hiding place to escape harassment from their previous deed in office.
Bafarawa said: “I have been saying that the only way we can move the National Assembly to be neat, to be well respected, is unless that governors are not going to join as senator. You cannot be a governor for eight years and then you occupy the whole constituency of a state and then for goodness sake what are you going to do in the senate?
“Those who are joining (the senate) after serving as governor for eight years, it looks like it is just a hideout place where they don’t want any harassment from whatever they have done.
“You can be a senator and then go for governorship but you can’t be a governor and come back to be a senator. Unless we change the system rejecting the governors joining to contest for senate then democracy will never be in good shape in this country” Bafarawa stressed.
He also extended hands of fellowship to those who recently re-joined the party as well as Presidential aspirants who have declared interest in the plum position.
He said: “I will remain in the party even if I don’t get the ticket. Anywhere we are playing politics, the party is supreme than anybody. The governor, the president are the agents of the party. Therefore, the party is supreme and is to supervise what the governor or the president is doing.
“The cardinal principle of any good government or party is the manifesto. Only the manifesto mentions what the party is going to do for the people.”
Bafarawa is one of the candidates jostling to secure the presidential ticket of the PDP.