Just as speculations continue to mount over President Goodluck Jonathan’s perceived ‘clean up’ of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in furtherance of his rumoured presidential ambition in 2015, Political Adviser to the President, Ahmed Gulak, said, “No individual can pocket the PDP.”
According to him: “The President is the leader of the party in Nigeria, the national chairman of the party is the leader of the NWC that runs the party on a day to day basis. If any body tells you that the President has taken over the party, he is not telling the truth.”
He described the PDP as a political party consisting of various people from across the country.
He stated, “It is a national party, it is not a regional party, it is not a tribal party. No individual can take PDP to be his own.
“No individual can pocket PDP. The PDP is a mass movement, it is a national party neither the governors nor the President can pocket PDP, the PDP belongs to all the members.
“So, no individual can pocket the PDP. Whatever anybody says, the PDP is the only organised party and the fact that the President is the national leader of the party does not mean that he has pocketed the party.
“The President is a democrat. Whatever he does follows wide consultations with all senior stakeholders, especially members of the BOT who are members that are about 50 years of age. As the conscience of the party, the BoT is supposed to mediate every disagreement.
“And the President also subjects himself to the mediation of the BOT and advice and counseling of BOT members. That is the position.”