How Jonathan Destroyed PDP – Former Presidential Aide Reveals
A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ex- Parliamentary Liaison Adviser to late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Senator Abba Aji, has accused former President, Goodluck Jonathan of destroying the ruling party.
Speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Abba Aji, who was justifying his decision to quit his party (PDP) to join the All Progressive Congress (APC), claimed that Jonathan killed the former ruling party before leaving office on May 29.
“PDP was deliberately destroyed by Jonathan. He was the greatest beneficiary of democracy in Nigeria and PDP’s 16 years of ruling in most states and at the federal level, yet he did everything to undermine the progress of the party and left it worse than he met it. He simply messed up the party,” he alleged.
He said the battle against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast did not receive timely attention from the Jonathan’s presidency until it got out of hand.
He warned that a year added to the increasing violence in his home state, Borno, could create bigger problem for the state and the country.
He said the social and economic impact of these challenges would be catastrophic for a state that is grappling with education backwardness even before insurgency started about six years ago.
“I agree the situation today may be different from when I served at National Assembly about 10 years ago, but I believe I have the capacity to handle the challenges we have in Borno now namely closure of schools, parents inability to farm having been forced to flee their communities, huge population of IDPs and economic challenges. I don’t think I’m looking for any material benefit now at my age. This is the time to give to my state what it has given unto me,” Aji stated.