Kinsmen of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, have insisted that the ex-President and his wife, Patience Jonathan, are working against Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming elections, in Bayelsa State.
The kinsmen, under the aegis of the Ogbia Renaissance, said that a report in one of the National Dailies, is a vindication of their earlier position that the former President is engaging in a plot to subvert his own political party, for selfish considerations. The Chairman, Mr. Obhioru Mitanoni, noted that Jonathan, his wife, A.J. Turner, and other PDP Chieftains, are engaging in anti-party activities, ahead of the Legislative elections in the State.
The group had in an earlier statement, alleged that Jonathan was secretly sponsoring Candidates of other parties, including the All Progressives Congress, APC, Accord Party, AP, and the African Democratic Congress, ADC, against those of his party, the PDP, in Bayelsa State. Mitanoni maintained that the action of the former President, was what caused a disagreement between him and the State Governor, Seriake Dickson. He alleged that Jonathan was backing a former Chief of Staff, Samuel Ogboku, of the APC, for the House of Representatives, and Senator Nimi Amange, who defected to the ADC, to contest the Bayelsa East Senatorial election.
He stressed that the former President opted to support Candidates of other parties, because his Candidates in the PDP failed to win the last party primaries.
Mitanoni disclosed that it is sad that the former President took “the display of political pettiness to a disgusting low, unbefitting of his status as a former President of the country and National Leader of the PDP.” He pointed out that Jonathan is acting against his status, by deciding who becomes a Councilor, Local Government Chairman, and House of Assembly Member in his native, Ogbia.
Mitanoni noted that rather than playing the role of a Statesman at the National and International level, Jonathan would “rather opt to demonstrate his lack of capacity for inclusive leadership.” He said that it was regrettable that Jonathan was backing Candidates of other parties, through his wife and Turner, while pretending not to know the anti-party activities of his minions. He called on the Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, to take urgent steps to avert an impending disaster threatening the electoral fortune of the PDP, in the next elections.
However, the ex-President’s Media Aide, Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement, said that there is no truth in the claim that Jonathan is engaging in anti-party activities. He said: “It is manifestly dishonest, deceitful, and preposterous, for anybody to suggest that former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is working against the interest of the party, under which he rose to occupy the highest office in the land.”
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