Embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, has defended his stewardship after the National Working Committee of the party, which he heads, came under fire from stakeholders following President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat at the polls.
The PDP chairman opened up on efforts made by the party and himself to ensure the president emerged victorious on March 28 and how such efforts failed to save Mr. Jonathan.
Some PDP stakeholders have recently called for the dissolution of the Mu’azu-led NWC to pave way for the party’s repositioning but writing on his Twitter handle Tuesday, the former Bauchi State Governor said those accusing him personally of not doing his best for Mr. Jonathan were “economical with the truth”.
He said he had remained in the PDP since 1999 “as a matter of principle and strong ideology”.
“I gave my best and all to the campaign of Mr. President and the party. We went to every state in Nigeria to campaign.
“In the face of abuse, insult and open ridicule by our friends and brothers we supported our leader President Jonathan faithfully”, Mr. Mu’azu said.
It would be recalled during the electioneering period that Mr. Mu’azu had called for an issue based campaign as against the prevalent hate campaigns and personal attacks that was emanating from both sides.
Tweeting Tuesday, Mr. Mu’azu said “the perception of President Jonathan and our party in the north was at an all-time low because of the lies they were told by politicians”.
“Those who blame us for not delivering maximum votes to the president in the north seem to have forgotten that it’s the people who vote”, he said.
Mr. Mu’azu said if the opportunity presents itself again, he would support Mr. Jonathan, adding however that, “I have always preached against ethnicity and tribalism and the voting pattern in the election was a concern to me personally.
“If I had my way, everyone in my state, Bauchi, would have voted for President Jonathan but it’s the people that vote not me.
“The unity of Nigeria to me is greater than sectional or ethnic interests. I can never regret supporting our leader President Jonathan”, he said.
The PDP Chairman said if the party is to be reformed, solution to its problems should be found but it is not by pointing fingers at the leadership of the party, as that would not help.
On the allegations that the NWC betrayed Mr. Jonathan during the election, Mr. Mu’azu said “some even ridiculed and insulted us that we betrayed President Jonathan. How can one betray himself?”