As President Goodluck Jonathan intervened in the open war between his aides and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a retired Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has said that the situation the PDP has found itself was caused by Jonathan’s wife and some aides who took over the party and were speaking for it everywhere.
“When the PDP was formed with pomp and pageantry some years back, its members boasted that it was the largest party in Africa. Some at a point boasted that it would rule for 60 years and beyond. Things went right, and everything flourished in the party. Everybody went for the umbrella but today, the situation has changed and the umbrella is leaking profusely not only from torrential rain but from the rays of the tropical sun.
“Most of the founding fathers have left the party in anger ranging from lack of internal democracy to encouraging illegality. The situation was worsened by the departure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is an institution himself.
“The party was taken over by Mrs Jonathan, Gov. Fayose, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode among others. Imagine the First Lady inciting people to be violent during the campaigns. She also brazenly insulted the people of the North and a former Head of State without due regard to the party chairman, who is from the North. Fayose and Fani-Kayode also engaged in the hate campaign against the opposition. The opposition was focused and never left the substance to pursue the shadow,” Tsav noted.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has intervened in the crisis during a closed-door meeting with the NWC members following calls for the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu‘azu and other NWC members for purportedly leading the party to its first defeat in a presidential election.
Despite the president’s intervention, some members of the party like Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayose and Bode George, a former deputy national chairman have continued calling for the resignation of Mu‘azu from office.
At the meeting with the NWC members on Monday night, the President had, according to sources, called on the party officials to keep the peace, saying that two wrongs do not make a right. Apparently to appease the party officials, the President promised to investigate the rumpus with a pledge to sanction his aides that may have erred.