PDP Abandons Jonathan in the Fight With Obasanjo, says it’s not a party affair
By Ehi Ekhator
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it would not intervene in the ongoing letter war between President Goodluck Jonathan and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
It said the feud is not a party affair and there is no basis for dabbling in it.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisah Metuh, who spoke with our correspondent, said the two leaders were only disagreeing on approaches to governance.
He said: “The exchange of letters is not a party affair; it is not what we can intervene in any way.
“The leaders were writing on what they believe in. They have different perspectives to governance. They did not write about party matters.
“The letter writing is different interpretations of their own style to governance; it has nothing to do with PDP.”
Asked if it was not a manifestation of a major problem in PDP when the President and a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party openly disagreed, Metuh said: “We are not in crisis at all.”
He also spoke on the party’s plans for 2014 following the defection of some of its leaders to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said: “As from January, we are going to witness a closer, tighter, and united party more than ever before.
“We have had challenges but we are united in our resolve to entrench democracy and put everything in shape. We will be stronger and better off in 2014.”
Responding to a question, he added: “Of course, reconciliation is ongoing, we will continue with this next year.”
On the likelihood of the party’s primaries for 2015 poll coming up in March or June, Metuh said: “We have not discussed it as a party on the time to do so.
“I read about the forthcoming primaries in March in Ekiti State in the newspapers like you and the story was not credited to anyone. I won’t react to such.
“But I know that Ekiti governorship poll will come up in 2014. Maybe they are preparing for it at the state level. They will later brief the national headquarters.”
He said the party was not yet aware of some outgoing governors seeking senatorial seats.
He said: “As for PDP governors seeking automatic ticket for senatorial seats, some of them have not even indicated their intention. Everything is in the realm of speculation or assumption.”
Similarly, United State and UK also removed themselves from the feud between Jonathan and his political godfather, Obasanjo, NAIJA CENTER NEWS has learnt.
Both countries have said whatever is going on between the president and Obasanjo has nothing to do with the United States and United Kingdom.
The also said that the accusation raised by the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo is an internal issue and the countries (US and UK) cannot interfere.