The Presidency, yesterday, dismissed as empty threat the recent pronouncement by five northern Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors to bury the party, if they their moves to save the party from the crisis currently beleaguering it fail.
The five Northern governors – Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) – who have held consultations with three former rulers of the country and still intend to meet other political stakeholders, had threatened on Monday to help bury the PDP if their trouble-shooting efforts did not yield desire results.
Governor Nyako, who was not at the meeting with Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar in Minna, Niger State, released a statement saying that if their efforts do not work, they would fold their arms and watch the PDP die.
Nyako, who made the stance known through his Chief Press Secretary, Sajoh Ahmed, noted: “We have held consultations with former heads of state on the need for them and other major stakeholders to save the party from dying.
“We will continue to make our efforts to save the party. But if our efforts do not work, we have no alternative than to fold our arms, and see PDP die and help in burying it.”
But reacting to the threat by the governors, Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Dr Ahmed Gulak, said the party was above the five governors and accused them of disguising their hatred for the president under the threat of burying the PDP.
The presidential aide said: “They (the governors) cannot bury PDP, as the party is above them.
“Their agenda is not to bury PDP but to get President Goodluck Jonathan out but they will certainly fail. I can assure you that all those in that group and sharing their agenda will also fail woefully, as Nigerians are wiser,” Gulak stressed.