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PDP Exco Goes After Jonathan’s Men

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 12:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Party’s S’West Chapter Orders NWC to Resign or Be Booted Out
By Rotimi Akinwumi (Abuja), Oladele Ogunsola (Ibadan) and Yaqoub Popoola (Ado-Ekiti)
President Goodluck Jonatha

President Goodluck Jonatha

The battle for the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got fiercer at the weekend as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party issued a warning to some of its members who they have accused of hiding under the guise of ‘aides’ to President Goodluck Jonathan to foment trouble within the party.

This is the latest of series of troubles that have beclouded the party since it lost the presidential election on March 28, as members with various shades of interests have fought each other in a bid to take over the leadership structure of the party.
While the governors, led by the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, have allegedly been fighting to get the Adamu Mu’azu-led NWC thrown out and replaced with a caretaker committee to be headed by Liyel Imoke, outgoing governor of Cross River State, it has also emerged that some presidential aides brought into the project are also said to be making inroads, under the cover of the Presidency, to make the NWC uncomfortable by discrediting it in attempt to force the members to quit.
The NWC, however, not wanting to go down without a fight, even as it seems that the presidency have covertly joined the battle against it, on Saturday issued a warning to those clandestinely fronting for the Presidency to steer clear of the party’s administration or face stiff sanctions.
The NWC, in a statement issued on its behalf by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, warned everyone trying to perpetrate illegality under the cover of the Presidency to prepare for the consequences.
In issuing the warning, the PDP described the dissenting voices from the Villa as “ambitious,” and threatened to expose such individuals and make them face the full weight of the party’s disciplinary measures, if they fail to retrace their steps.
“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 remain politically relevant by hijacking the party structure for their selfish purposes.
 “We are aware that these individuals have been trying to arm-twist the President to summon 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 leadership at the 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 President should sack the NWC before the handover date of May 29, 2015.
“However, for the purposes of clarity, especially for those making uninformed demands on the President, the PDP National Working Committee 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 executive fiat. Besides, no section of the party’s constitution prescribes that the NWC should quit if the party loses in a general election.”
Continuing, the PDP spokesperson saID: “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. Anything outside the laid down rules and the provisions of the constitution in this respect is completely of no effect.
 “Moreover, President Goodluck Jonathan has 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 these selfish and greedy elements to destroy his legacies.
 “Consequently, the leadership of the PDP, by this statement, makes it very clear and in 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 preparing for post-handover issues that might arise regarding the administration in which they served,” the PDP said.
On the performance of the party in the general elections and allegations of mismanagement of the presidential campaign fund, the NWC said it has no case to answer, as Nigerians already know the truth regarding those who managed the campaigns.
“Nigerians are not at 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.
However, leaders of the PDP in the South-West have asked members of the NWC to resign immediately or they would be forced out.
This was part of the resolutions of a meeting of the South-West Presidential Contact and Mobilisation Committee, hosted by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, at Jibowu Hall, Ado-Ekiti, on Friday.
Present at the meeting were former Vice Chairman of the PDP, South-West, Tajudeen Oladipo; Bode Olajumoke; Segun Adegoke; Lekan Balogun; PDP governorship candidate in Ogun State, Gboyega Isiaka; Toye Olofintuyi; former PDP chairman, Ekiti State chapter, Bola Olu-Ojo; Femi Kila; and Duro Faseyi, among others.
Expressing concerns about the outcome of the last general elections, the South-West chapter of the PDP commended Jonathan for statesman-like bearing by conceding victory despite the noticeable flaws in the presidential poll; that decision, they said, allowed Nigeria to stand united and prevented unwarranted crisis.
In a communiqué read by former National Vice Chairman, PDP, South-West, Bode George, after the three-hour closed door meeting, the party men stated that members of the NWC must resign and return home to work for the party.
The communiqué also condemned attempts by the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly to impeach Fayose, saying, “The APC’s orchestrated violence, blackmail and political attacks on elected PDP governors and other officials pose a threat to the peace of the region,” and it would not be tolerated under any guise.
They commended Jonathan for his belief in the legacy of transparent elections, and enjoined members who have defected to return and help rebuild the party, since the APC had declared that there is no space for them in the party.
The parley also commended Fayose for resisting intimidation and remaining dogged in the face of intimidation by the APC.
The PDP encouraged Fayose and the Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, to continue to work together harmoniously, and called for the overhauling of the party’s structure at the national level.
George said: “PDP lost the elections because of unresolved issues and due to the handiwork of enemies within, coupled with the conspiracy from INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who wisely made Nigerians to have the impression that the election was free and fair when it was not.
“As at the time Prof. Jega said he was ready for elections, about 2.1 million PVCs were yet to get to Lagos State and likewise Ogun. If you check the election, there was no cancellation of results and voided votes in the North.
“In spite of all these, the President said it should be allowed to stay. The conspiracy was too obvious against our party, but President Jonathan showed civility, this was quite commendable.”
Meanwhile, the PDP in Oyo State is still in turmoil on account of the party’s poor showing at the just-concluded general elections, with members pointing accusing finger at each other as the cause of the PDP’s failure.
First to throw down the gauntlet was the leader of the party in the state and former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Yekini Adeojo, who announced the ?suspension of the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide, the Senator representing Oyo Central District, Ayo Adeseun, and former Chief of Staff to former Governor in the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, Saka Balogun, among others, for alleged anti-party activities.
The purported suspension came on the heels of a meeting of PDP leaders in the South-West zone held on Friday in Ekiti State.
Other politicians affected by the decision include Kunmi Mustapha, from Iseyin Local Government Area, and  Moroof Akinwande, from Oyo, with the party disowning them and urging that they should no longer be accorded the respect due to leaders of the PDP in Oyo State.
Adeojo told newsmen that Akinjide and others were suspended for anti-party activities before and during the governorship election, alleging that Akinjide diverted all the resources meant for the PDP to support the Accord Party in the governorship election, and misled party loyalists to support Rashidi Ladoja the Accord Party governorship candidate in the election.
The party noted that while Adeseun and Balogun contrived to work against the PDP in Ogbomoso zone, by supporting the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the governorship election, Alao-Akala, Mustapha betrayed the PDP by working for the APC in Iseyin.
However, in a reaction to the move, a socio-political group within the party, the Progressives Youth Frontiers (PYF), has condemned Adeojo and the party’s governorship candidate in the election, Teslim Folarin, as the architects of the party’s failure in Oyo State.
The PYF secretary, Abiodun Adeniyi, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan at the weekend, bemoaned the misfortunes of the party, linking it to what he called “the inordinate ambition if its governorship candidate and the overbearing influence of some leaders, who refused to sacrifice ego and personal aggrandisement on the altar of merit.”
The group maintained that the alleged suspension of Akinjide and others was a misplaced decision, adding rather that, Adeojo and Folarin should be blamed instead.
“Those who worked with Ladoja at the 11th hour were only saving democracy and sowing the seed of strengthening the PDP in Oyo State to which Ladoja could have returned after winning the election,” the group said.