A former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has accused the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, of being responsible for the leadership crises currently rocking the party.
This is as he predicted that the leadership crisis involving the former Governor of Borno, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff and the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee may affect the outcome of the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States respectively.
George in a statement signed by his political adviser, Mr. Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu added, 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.
“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.”
Lamenting that the opposition party has digressed from the principles of its founding fathers, George said PDP, “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.”
Accusing Wike and Fayose of forming an unholy alliance which is affecting the party’s development, the former Nigerian Port Authority boss said, “These two men have somehow assumed some reckless proprietary claim and dubious hold upon the jugular of our party.
George added, “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.”
The opposition party has been involved in leadership crises since the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee was inaugurated on May 21, 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The leadership crisis has further deepened with conflicting judgments from courts of coordinate jurisdiction.