PDP Governors Threaten To Form New Party Over Jonathan’s Hijack Of Party Structures
Outgoing governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have launched secret moves to counter President Goodluck Jonathan folowing his hijack of the party structures from them.
Abusidiqu had reported yesterday that Jonathan has taken over the party structure from the cointrol of the governors in what is seen as a move to reform the party.
Jonathan, it was learnt yesterday, actually pulled the strings of the revolt in the National Working Committee (NWC), which led to the “forced” resignation of former National Chairman, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu and the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.
Sources said apart from being the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP, Jonathan has also taken over the National Working Committee (NWC) with his trusted ally, Prince Uche Secondus, as the acting National Chairman.
But a top source, who spoke in confidence, said most outgoing governors and the remaining PDP governors are uncomfortable with the hijack of the party’s structure by Jonathan.
They said the President should either allow internal democracy or else they may split the PDP by forming a new party.
“We are all waiting for May 29 when the President would have handed over to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to talk about the future of the PDP.
“When the President does not have executive powers to direct the party anyhow, we will all be on the same page and tell ourselves the home truth.
“So, the governors are also laying ambush for Jonathan to step down from power before striking and drawing a line on how to reshape the PDP. Their demand is simple: The PDP must be reformed through internal democracy.
“If there is no internal democracy, then the party may split as long as Jonathan sticks to the control of the structure of the party.
“Nobody has ever owned the PDP and none can own it. Where Jonathan is in total control, we will opt for the realignment of forces in the polity and a new national party will emerge. Then, Jonathan can then become the PDP’s undertaker.
An outgoing governor said: “On the reformation of the PDP, you should wait till after May 29.”
There had been speculations that the governors are pushing for either Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State or Governor Ibrahim Shema as the next National Chairman of the party.
While Lamido was once a National Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party(SDP), Shema was a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP.
But Jonathan’s camp was said to be in favour of young politicians leading the party.
The FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, and the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, are being considered to lead the PDP by the Jonathan group.