By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€” THE National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came out yesterday to defend President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that he never betrayed his predecessor, late President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
The party has also concluded plans to sanction Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Kanti Bello, for alleged anti-party activity over comments attributed to him that he will oppose any move by President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the PDP presidential primaries.
The party in a statement yesterday by the PDPâ€™s National Organising Secretary, Uche Secondus, noted that Senator Bello was apparently referring to the return of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the restoration of the rank of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, to the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
Secondus who noted that it was wrong for a party member to openly confess his â€œanti-party activities that he would oppose the nomination of President Jonathan, said, â€œThough, this is not the subject of discussion, but let it be known that this would be addressed at the appointed time.
â€œI read with utter surprise the statement credited to the Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Kanti Bello that President Goodluck Jonathan betrayed the late President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œThough, the said betrayal of Yarâ€™Adua was a veiled reference over the return of El-Rufai and the restoration of the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police to the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Malam Nuhu Ribadu.
â€œMuch as I am not holding brief for the President, I wish to state as follows: That the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is rooted in the concept of rule of law. It was within this, that there was a smooth succession after the demise of President Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œThat on that prelude, the administration believes that due process should take place and that if any Nigerian is accused of any wrong doing, that such a person should be assumed innocent until proven otherwise.”