A former Chief Whip of the Senate and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Rowland Owie has alleged that the problems facing the country presently – both the security and other governance related issues – are deeply rooted in the eight-year tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He also slammed the ex-National Chairman of the party, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, alleging that his tenure created the present security challenge in the country where members of the Boko Haram have killed many and had properties destroyed.
The senator was replying to Ahmadu who had during the week castigated the Goodluck Jonathan led government as a failure. He stressed that Ali as PDP National Chairman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo as President of the country created all these problems, adding that the present administration inherited them.
Senator Owie’s allegations appeared in a text message which he was reported to have sent to Vanguard where he said, among other things “I was amused when I read the comments credited to Col. Amadu Ali, that if government was up and doing, that there would have been no cases of massacre in Mubi etc. How could Col. Ali say that when the problems today both in government and our party the PDP were created by the Obasanjo government that forced Col. Ali on the PDP as national Chairman.
“All the ideals of the founding fathers of PDP were rubbished totally during the tenure Ali as National Chairman of PDP. How can the smoke call the kettle black? The major part of the problems of Nigeria today and that of PDP as a party, were sowed in the 8yrs of Obasanjo government and the period of Col. Ahmadu Ali’s headship of PDP.”