President Jonathan’s aides destabilising us – PDP

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has issued a severe warning to those it described as “some ambitious aides and associates of Goodluck Jonathan” who it said are trying to use their closeness to him to cause crisis in the party and pave way for more defections to other parties.

The NWC of the party also threatened to expose such individuals and make them face full disciplinary measures if they fail to immediately retrace their steps.

It said those behind the plot were those, it alleged, mismanaged the party’s presidential campaign.

This is as the South-West PDP Presidential Contact and Mobilisation Committee asked the National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, and other members of the NWC to resign.

They based their call on the loss of the PDP in the last general elections, especially the presidential polls.

The NWC in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said it was “aware of the clandestine activities of such aides and associates of the President, including their unholy alliance with some elements in other parties to undermine and weaken the PDP by attacking its leadership.

“The NWC is aware that these same individuals who mismanaged the presidential campaigns are now desperately seeking to cause crisis in the PDP with a view not only to divert attention from their misdeeds, but also to ensure that they remained politically relevant by hijacking the party structure for their selfish purposes.

“We are aware that these individuals have been trying to arm-twist the to order a meeting of party leaders at the Presidential Villa in the coming days where the NWC members would be put under pressure to resign, thereby triggering a crisis in the leadership at national level.

“The party is aware that the same group has been sponsoring series of amorphous bodies and negative publications in a section of the media to peddle false allegations against the NWC to back their heinous and unconstitutional demands that the should the NWC before the handover date of May 29, 2015.”

Metuh however added that “for the purposes of clarity, especially for those making uninformed demands of the President, the party NWC is duly elected and its tenure ends in March 2016 in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.

“The PDP is a party built on the rule of law and democratic ethos. Its NWC is elected and not appointed and as such cannot be sacked at will or by an fiat. Besides, no section of the party constitution prescribes that the NWC should quit if the party loses in a general election.”

He added that the PDP constitution is clear on the process of summoning a meeting of party leaders and the role of the NWC in that regard is well-defined, adding that anything outside the laid-down rules and provisions of the constitution in this respect is completely of no effect.

The party’s spokesman said further that President Jonathan had amply demonstrated his strict adherence to the rule of law and the tenets of democracy even on issues of party administration and should not in any way be hassled by those he described as selfish and greedy elements to destroy his legacies.

He added, “Consequently, the leadership of the PDP by this statement makes it very clear and in an unambiguous terms too that it will no longer condone such divisive actions by the same unscrupulous individuals who in their selfishness ruined the fortunes of our great party in the general elections.

“The NWC will no longer tolerate actions that tend to undermine discipline and the supremacy of the party and its constitution, as it will henceforth not hesitate to apply full disciplinary measures for infractions

“Our advice to these ambitious aides and associates of the President is to leave party matters and concentrate on the presidential transition and smooth handover of power to the incoming administration as well as prepare for post-handover issues that might arise regarding the administration in which they served.”

On the issue of the performance of the party in the general elections and allegations of mismanagement of presidential campaign funds, Metuh said it had no case to answer, as Nigerians already knew the truth regarding those who managed the campaigns including the funds.

“Nigerians are not at a loss as to the fact that the PDP NWC did not manage the campaign and its fund. Those who managed the campaigns have already submitted their reports to the President who in his wisdom gave them the mandate and they have been applauded for a job well done at that level”, the statement said.

Metuh said the party appreciates the support and backing of key stakeholders, especially the PDP Governors’ Forum, the body of national vice-chairmen and chairmen as well as governors, legislators-elect and all well-meaning members in efforts to rebuild the party and reposition it to regain power in 2019.

Meanwhile, rising from a closed-door meeting held on Friday in Ado Ekiti, the South-West PDP Presidential Contact and Mobilisation Committee, in a statement read by Olabode George, vowed to resist any attempt to impeach the Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for his loyalty to the party.

The group commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat despite the noticeable flaws in the presidential poll, saying this had allowed Nigeria to remain united and prevent unwarranted crisis.

It enjoined defected members to return and rebuild the party, since the All Progressives Congress had boldly declared that there was no space for them in the party.

It also commended Fayose for resisting intimidation and remaining dogged in the battle against impeachment by the APC, encouraging him and the Ondo Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to continue to work together.

It expressed its support for serious overhauling of the party’s structure at national level.

George said, “People like President Jonathan are very rear to come by. He accepted a flawed election for Nigeria to stand united. Can those who have not been sworn in and have started threatening to impeach a PDP governor do this?

“PDP lost the elections because of unresolved issues and due to the handiwork of enemies within, coupled with the conspiracy by INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who wisely made Nigerians to have the impression that the election was free and fair when it was not.

Fayose and Mimiko, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Kola Ademujimi, appealed to the President -elect, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to believe in a new Nigeria, where people could easily express themselves and pursue their political aspirations without impediment.

Speaking on his impeachment travail, Fayose said, “I am a member of the PDP and nobody can harass me because of my political belief.”
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