The Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) for blaming the loss of the party at the March 28 presidential election on hate speeches from some party officials, particularly members of the PCO. According to him, such leaders are the enemy within.
“Those in the leadership are simply incapable of defending the President and his legacies after he has left office. Instead of focusing on their numerous inadequacies and trying to fix them, these same people are hurling bricks at others,” Fani-Kayode told Vanguard in an interview.
“Instead of preparing to defend the party faithful and enhance the fortunes of the party members over the next four years, they are making childish and nonsensical allegations and alienating and upsetting many party leaders. They are indeed the enemy within.”
“Their allegation is not only baseless but it is also rubbish and those who made them are nothing but ingrates, cowards and traitors who know nothing about politics, political campaigns, intellectual discourse or political engagement. They are simply trying to revise and re-write history in order to cover up their treachery, weaknesses and inadequacies. They are fueled by hate and envy and, worse of all, right from the start, they had no interest in fighting for our leader and presidential candidate or in ensuring that he won the election,” the former aviation minister said.
He disclosed that the NWC had been bitter since the president decided to set up a campaign organisation, which meant they had no authority over how his campaign was done or have access to the resources that was given to the organisation. “At every point, they tried to undermine our efforts and sabotage us, but we ignored them and remained focused on doing our job despite their provocations.”
“If any group of people was responsible for our loss, it was the NWC. They were envious of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and its high profile. It is important to note that not all of them were antagonistic. Some of them including Uche Secondus, Kema Chikwe, Barrister Jalo, Wale Oladipo, the National Youth Leader did their very best and supported the President as best as they could.
“It was an honor to work for President Jonathan and he provided us with all the support, inspiration and encouragement that we needed. If he has not complained about the Presidential Campaign Organisation and all that we did, who are those that are complaining? He appointed us and we are accountable to him and no-one else. He did not complain about any hate campaign and neither did he insult us after we finished our work, so why on earth should we lose sleep over the utterances of one or two frustrated NWC members?
“The President commended our efforts and thanked us for all we did after the election. We are very grateful to him for that gesture. However what the NWC said about us is the unkindest cut of all. It is like Brutus’ betrayal of Julius Caesar. It is wicked, uncharitable and unacceptable.
“What they need to understand and appreciate is that we will not sit by idly and allow them re-write history or make us the fall guys. The only reason we have not opened up on them is out of respect for President Jonathan and because we want to ensure that our party remains united. That does not, however, mean that we are fools or that we will allow ourselves to be turned into sitting ducks or someone’s punching bag,” Fani-Kayode said.