National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused aides of President Goodluck Jonathan of planning to cause crisis in the party to pave the way for more members to dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDP warned that it had concluded plans to sanction the aides of the president whom it described as over ambitious and taking advantage of their closeness to Jonathan to split the party, adding that it soon would expose such individuals and make them face the full weight of the party disciplinary measures if they failed to immediately retrace their steps.
In a statement, yesterday, by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party 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,”the statement said.
“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 the 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.
On the issue of the performance of the party in the general elections and allegations of mismanagement of presidential campaign funds, the NWC reiterated that it had no case to answer, as Nigerians already knew the truth regarding those who managed the campaigns including the funds, adding, “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.”
Meanwhile, following the calls for the sack of the PDP NWC, the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, yesterday, took a swipe at those behind the calls, warning that the attitude of ‘use and dump’ must stop.
Muazu, who warned PDP governors, leaders, stakeholders, elders and members that the party cannot continue with the culture of changing National Chairmen and members of the NWC, said the infighting and mudslinging in the party after losing the 2015 presidential election was uncalled for.
In a statement in Abuja, the PDP leader noted that the present leadership of the party has until next year to run its course, stressing that the party would, in 2016, decide how to deal with zoning of the next leadership and strategies for winning the 2019 elections.