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Group blames PDP crisis on Ogbulafor, Baraje-led leadership

By SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN CITY—THE Save PDP Group, a political group in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday, that the “visionless” administration of the Vincent Ogbulafor/ Kawu Baraje-led National Working Committee of the party led to the failure of the party to win elections in some states which are controlled today by opposition All Progressive Congress, APC.

The group said that those loyal to Baraje do not mean well for PDP, adding that the leader of the new PDP lack the morals to attack the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whom the group said was doing his best to reform the party.

A statement in Benin City by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Dr Omo-Osunde Iyasere, said “states like Ogun, Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Nasarawa were lost to the opposition parties due to the sightless leadership of Ogbulafor/Baraje National Working Committee.”

He said that it was an embarrassment that members of nPDP, were fighting the party that made them. “This is anti-party and they are ingrates. The Save PDP Group is completely opposed to call for the cancellation of the recently conducted national convention. The call and conditions put forward by the group are totally out of tune with the present reality because nobody can stop a Nigerian citizen from aspiring to any office, no matter how high that office might be, except through judicial process.”

“It is also laughable that one of the conditions for the peaceful resolution of the crisis by the group is that the Federal Government should not allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate and prosecute governors of the group; this is most unpatriotic and pointer to the fact they are hiding something, if not, why do they bother? This is a question begging for answer.”

It further urged members and leaders of PDP to rally round “President Goodluck Jonathan as the leader of the party and national chairman, Alhaji Tukur, in their avowed commitment to re-invigorate and transform the party from an analogue to a digital party and win the 2015 presidential election.


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