PDP To Expel Chiefs Over Jonathan’s Defeat

The Peoples Democratic Party has begun reviewing its performance in the March 28 presidential election with a view to arriving at what caused the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan.
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It was gathered in Abuja on Sunday night   that top members of the party were of the opinion that some of them in the National Working Committee and National Executive Committee, especially those from the North, covertly played roles that contributed to Jonathan’s loss.

A leader of the party said   that such members also connived with the All Progressives Congress to ensure that Jonathan was beaten at the polls.

The source, whose name is withheld, hinted that any indicted members might be shown the way out of the PDP.

The party leader   said that many   of such members of the party seemed united in their determination   to ensure that Jonathan did not win the election.

The source added   that it was surprising that strongholds of the PDP in the North such as Plateau, Benue and Kogi states that have large Christian population could fall to the APC.

He said, “The entire election was lost long before March 28 because northern elements, even those within the PDP, ganged up against President Jonathan. Even some of our leaders in the NEC and NWC   are under watch because we believe they also worked against the President.

“There will be a meeting between our chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, and PDP state chairmen during the week, but as it is we do not even trust them.”

The source said some top party officials   were already calling for the resignation of some NEC and NWC members to pave the way for the repositioning of the PDP.

Another top PDP source   also claimed that “some top northern PDP members who worked against Jonathan   will be fished out   and expelled from the party.’’

“They have turned the PDP into a southern party and the only way we can survive as a strong opposition is to expel the traitors among us,” the source added.

He also confirmed that “All the state chairmen and Mu’azu will meet in Abuja on Wednesday (tomorrow) to do a post-mortem.

“They will also strategise on how to win the supplementary elections in Abia, Imo, Kogi and Taraba states.”

When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the   leadership of the party would “meet on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday and the issue (of anti-party activities) is one of the things we are going to discuss.”

“It is after this that we will know what to do or actions to take,” he added.

A former Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Political Affairs,   Ahmed Gulak, had on Friday called for the resignation of the National chairman of the party for failing to lead Jonathan to victory.

He had said, “There is no party chairman of the PDP since 1998 that has led the party to such a disastrous outing. As a result, the national chairman should consider himself one of those who have to give way for the new party to come up. In fact, he doesn’t need to be told to turn in his resignation letter.”

But Mu’azu denied the allegation that he worked against the President during the election, saying it was an “allegation made long ago without any substance.”

He also said that rather than quit the PDP; he would stay behind and reform the troubled party.

Meanwhile, The All Progressives Congress has won the rescheduled Edo State House of Assembly election for Orhionmwon Constituency II.

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