The blame game between a former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark and former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, continued on Sunday with the former accusing Obasanjo of laying the foundation for the action of the seven Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) governors.
Clark, a rabid proponent of President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term ambition, was reacting to the emergence of a faction of PDP on Saturday even while the special national convention of the ruling party was ongoing at Eagle Square, Abuja.
He said, “Obasanjo is the one encouraging them; he is pushing governors (Sule) Lamido and (Rotimi) Amaechi to run in 2015, that’s where the trouble started.
“Amaechi thought because Senator Bukola Saraki used the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) chair to contest to be President, he could also use it to become Vice-President and we have said in the South-South that we want President, not Vice-President. So, the group of governors which Amaechi has joined believes only a Northerner can be President.”
On the involvement of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in the walk-out and eventual formation of the ‘New PDP’, Clark said, “Abubakar said he is in PDP, not PDM but all his men are in PDM. Is that a loyal member of the party? All his followers have left. PDM was created by Abubakar.
“Even Governor (Murtala) Nyako had boasted that they would bury the PDP. Let them go, but I can tell you that PDP will remain stronger. They will soon know that they are alone. Abubakar has always been a disloyal person; what he is doing now is what he had done to Obasanjo.”