PDP has warned 'ambitious' aides and associates of President Jonathan against attempting to cause crisis in the party that can give room for more defection.
The People’s Democratic Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has warned aides and associates of President Goodluck Jonathan against attempting to cause crisis in the party that can give room for more defection to other parties.
It described them as 'ambitious' aides, stating that it will expose the persons in question and make the party’s full disciplinary measures deal with them if they don not immediately desist from the move.
In a statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the people scheming to cause the crisis were individuals who mismanaged the presidential campaigns and trying to divert attention from their errors.
The statement said, “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 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.”
The party’s scribe added, “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.”
Metuh said Jonathan should not allow himself to be hassled by those he described as ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ elements.
He stated that the President has strict adherence to the rule of law which he has demonstrated in his government and on issues of party administration, therefore he should not let over ambitious people destroy his legacies.