People’s Democratic Party, chieftain Bode George has blamed governors Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on the party leadership crisis involving the former governor of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff and the Ahmed Makarfi-led committee which is directly affecting the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States respectively.
This is coming after a failed national convention of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which attracted media insinuations that the party that held power in Nigeria for 16-years might be sliding into extinction gradually.
George said in a statement signed by his political adviser, Mr. Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu: “This is indeed a very sad period for the People’s Democratic Party.
“The sky is dark and bleak. The party is now at the edge of a cliff, dangling before an imminent plunge into ruin and forfeiture.
“Our party has lost its soul. Our party has lost the fundamental defining logic of its existence, stripped of all the higher values of old like Justice, fairness and equity.”
He said that the situation within the party right now is not what the founding fathers like Chief Alex Ekwueme, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Chief Solomon Lar and so many great men and women envisaged, as it “has now become a party led by ethically challenged and crude conspirators who openly and blatantly distort the democratic processes to sabotage the will of the people and perpetuate themselves in power.
“We had thought that the crisis provoked by the issue of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff would be finally laid to a rest after the conclusion of August 17th National Convention in Port Harcourt.
“We couldn’t be more wrong. Even as millions of well meaning party men and women were planning meticulously to restore our party to the part of decency and the part of probity and restorative sanity, a desperate gang of men had other ideas.”
George specifically accused Wike and Fayose of forming an unholy alliance against the growth and the development of the party.
“These two men have somehow assumed some reckless proprietary claim and dubious hold upon the jugular of our party.
“Wike and Fayose have become so powerful and heedless, blinded by narrow provincialism, swept aimlessly on the creed of greed, hurried along the straight path to inevitable perdition.
“They are the strutting gods of the hour who are disdainful of any guidance, who deride any counsel, who mock every advice with a sneer.
“They want to control every gesture and every nuance in our party. If possible, they want to impose their puppet candidates in all available offices if we are not vigilant enough.”