Speculations that Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been hit by fresh crises after its recent election defeat, were confirmed Saturday with the party leadership openly accusing presidential aides for President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat at the polls.
The party issued a “strong warning” to the president’s associates and aides, asking them to steer clear of the party, and not use their closeness to Mr. Jonathan to cause crisis in the party.
“The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has issued a very strong warning to some ambitious aides and associates of President Goodluck Jonathan trying to use their closeness to him to cause crisis in the party and pave way for more defection to other parties,” the party said in an unusually strongly-worded statement.
The PDP said it would expose such individuals and make them face the full weight of the party disciplinary measures if they fail to immediately retrace their steps.
The NWC in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said it is “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.”
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