Former federal commissioner for information and self-styled godfather to President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Edwin Clark, has accused some national leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party of being insincere in their attitude towards the re-election bid of the president.
He also accused them of going around with the president during his campaign rallies instead of going to their home states to also mobilise support for Jonathan’s re-election.
Clark stated this in Abuja on Saturday while playing host to a group known as PDP Aspirants Forum, who paid him a courtesy visit.
The visit was aimed at expressing the aspirants’ grievances over how the party treated them in the last primary elections in the various states.
Clark, who is the national leader of Ijaw ethnic nationality, said he was particularly piqued with the way the PDP governorship primaries were conducted in some states, especially in Adamawa State, where former EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, was imposed as the flag bearer of the party.
He said, “Everybody was ready to hold the governorship primary in Yola. People were waiting in Yola for the primary and the PDP brought the primary to Abuja overnight, hired people from Nyanya and others.
“Whereas, they held the congresses in Yola, they later resorted to hiring people to attend the primary here in Abuja.
“There is injustice in the party. Some of the national leaders don’t want the party to succeed and they are disloyal to the President.
“I have asked them to go to their states to campaign, but they refused. They are following the president everywhere. Some of them want the party to fail”.
The Ijaw leader pleaded with the aggrieved aspirants not to leave the ruling party for the All Progressives Congress, saying the opposition party had nothing to offer Nigerians other than to enthrone a northern President.
Members of the group hinged their grievances on the ground that the party did not hold primary elections to nominate any of its candidates, saying all its flag bearers were appointed by their godfathers.