PDP Crisis: Crack in Jonathan’s Faction, As Anenih, Clarke Trade Words
While still battling to resolve the issues that led to the walked out of aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party to form a parallel faction of the party during its special nationa convention last Saturday, the what is left of the camp of President Jonathan seems to have been further divided, as Jonathans two main backers in the south-south region, Chief Tony Anenih and Chief Edwin Clarke disagreed sharply on the way the festering crisis party is being handled.
While Anenih who is the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees of the party in an earlier statement cautioned the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, against making inflammatory statements that could undermine the ongoing peace talks in the party, Chief Edwin Clarke on the other hand chided, Chief Tony Anenih, for admitting that some of the aggrieved governors had genuine grievances.
Clark’s attack on Anenih came yesterday in a communiqué issued by by A pro-Jonathan group, Congress led by Clark himself. The communiqué signed by its the chairman, Senator Ameh Ebute, told Anenih to “distance himself from the demands of the so-called aggrieved governors and join Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to work for the party in truth and spirit”.
The Clark group faulted some alleged grievances expressed by the governors: “For instance, the claim by the governors that President Jonathan should award the governors, their cronies and family perpetual injunction from EFCC and police prosecution against corruption, embezzlement of public funds and criminal enrichment is condemnable; we wonder how the President could stop EFCC from investigating people alleged to have engaged in corruption.
“Also, the demand that the President should renounce his 2015 presidential re-election bid in spite of his eligibility to contest is very condemnable. They insisted that the call for Tukur’s resignation cannot be a thing that someone should liken to a genuine grievance.”
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