By Emma Amaize
WARRI— Ndigbo in Diaspora, yesterday, took a swipe at the chairman of Northern Political Leaders Forum, NPLF, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, over his latest threat to pull down his party, PDP, if his preferred Northern aspirant failed to emerge as flagbearer for the 2011 presidential election.
Chairman of the group, Chief Lambert Igboanugo, who is also the leader of Goodluck Jonathan/Sambo Diaspora Support Group, Europe and America, told Vanguard in an online interview that the group was distraught by such comments, which it described as shameful and preposterous.
“We, as concerned Igbo in Diaspora, cannot fathom the audacity of Mallam Adamu Ciroma to threaten his party, the People Democratic Party, PDP, by plotting to make her lose the 2011 election if his candidate of choice failed to go through the primary.
“It is absurd to plot the failure of one’s party while still an active member. This doesn’t happen in any clime with democratic tenets. All in all, his being in the party to do an insider’s job before moving on with his candidate to a party he thinks shall defeat PDP is another ball game.”
‘What a shame of a people. In the same party, when Dr.Alex Ekwueme lost to Chief Obasanjo in Jos in 1999, he rallied round the party by delivering the South-East to the party. Mallam Ciroma should borrow a leaf from Obama /Clinton experience.
“He should stop his tale of North-South dichotomy and focus his energy on how to make sure that all the six zones of the country have a taste of the presidency.”
Recommending a primary debate by PDP presidential aspirants to keep the candidates intellectually busy, the group noted that Igbo in Diaspora viewed the recent utterances of Mallam Adamu Ciroma with great concern.