By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—NATIONAL leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, described the national leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a despot for imposing his daughter, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, as President-General of the Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men.
The party said Folashade Tinubu-Ojo was not a full-time trader and cannot on that note succeed Tinubu’s mother, late Alhaja Abibat Mogaji.
In a statement, yesterday, by PDP’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Tony Caesar Okeke, the party also lampooned the leadership of ACN for asking President Goodluck Jonathan to probe reports that security operatives prevented Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi, from personally exchanging pleasantries with him at a dinner at the Presidential villa last Wednesday.
Okeke described the demand by the ACN as “irresponsible, meddlesomeness and foolish scandal-mongering.”
He said ACN and its co-traveller, Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, were merely embittered by the reconciliations in the PDP and were, as such, crying wolf where there was none.
Stating that such protocol issues were understood by all, PDP said ACN and CPC had, over time, showed that they were quarrelsome parties which derived pleasure in causing disaffection among Nigerians.
He said: “The ACN and the CPC are merely embittered by the reconciliations so far achieved in the PDP and seek to use all means to undermine it. That is why they are crying wolf where there is none. Protocol issues are understood all over the world. Therefore the demand by the ACN smacks of irresponsible meddlesomeness and foolish scandal-mongering aimed at causing disaffection among our leaders and party members.”
The party said President Goodluck Jonathan had a good relationship with all state governors, including that of Rivers State, and commended him for the reconciliations so far achieved in the PDP.
On Tinubu, the PDP said the ACN leader, “who parades himself as a democrat” has clearly shown his despotic tendencies, with the installation of his daughter as the leader of traders without recourse to democratic processes. Nigerians have clearly seen that the so-called democrats and self-styled messiahs in the ACN are, indeed, wolves in sheep’s skins.”