There appears to be a crack in the home front of Vice President Namadi Sambo as the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday split into two with a faction pledging its loyalty to the Abubakar Kawu Baraje led group.
As if reading from the same script, some kinsmen of President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State also declared support for the “new PDP” yesterday, describing its emergence as the break of a new dawn.
The affront against Jonathan and Sambo in Kaduna is led by Audi Yaro Makama, a former chairman of the party, and Gideon Morik, a former member of the House of Assembly.
Makama is a close associate of former Governor Ahmed Makarfi, who is now a senator but it is not certain if he (Makarfi) is giving tacit support to the group.
In a statement signed by Makama and Morik on behalf of the faction, the group said the decision to identify with the new PDP was taken after deep reflections on happenings in Kaduna State since the elevation of Sambo, a former governor, as Vice President which it said contributed to the declining fortunes of the party in the state.
The statement said: “Fundamentally, this decision has been taken after deep reflections on happenings in Kaduna State since the elevation of Namadi Sambo as Vice President. It is instructive that since his elevation, the fortunes and prestige of the party in the state has been declining rather than improving, because he has been incapable of rallying the people under its umbrella.
“Although this is hardly surprising since he lacks the political wherewithal and the requisite structure to preside over the politics of the state, but it was expected that he would come to terms with his inadequacies and enlist the support of established political actors.
“This expectation has been a forlorn hope because the Vice-President has surrounded himself with political paperweights. These hangers-on drive Sambo’s vehicle of political exclusionism by hunting for enemies even where they don’t exist. All efforts by concerned party members and elders to make him see reason, as well as draw the attention of the sacked party leadership were in vain.
“In the last few weeks, a political Tsunami was unleashed on the nation with the emergence of a new leadership to pilot the affairs of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The decision of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors elected on the platform of the party, is not only worthy of commendation but worthy of emulation.
“The PDP in Kaduna State therefore, proudly and wholeheartedly identifies with the new leadership of the party, under Alhaji Kawu Baraje and follows in the footsteps of its sister chapters of Adamawa, Jigawa and Taraba States in setting up new leadership to give our party a new lease of life.”
In Bayelsa, the assault on Jonathan’s camp is being championed by Dr. Perekeme Richard Kpodoh, Timi Frank, a known ally of Atiku, who was yesterday announced as the National Youth Leader of the new PDP; Sir Tonye Okio, Alabo Martins, Chief Preye Agama, Ineye Okara, Braboke Stanley and Abel Oggboma.
In an advertorial congratulating Baraje and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, they said: “Let the old PDP of impunity and injustice pass away and a new dawn break over Nigeria with the new authentic PDP.”