PDP Elders Want Jonathan Punished Over Bayelsa Election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders Forum has called on the
party’s national leadership to punish former President Goodluck
Jonathan over ‘alleged anti-party activities’ during the just-concluded
governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The PDP Elders Forum accused Jonathan of teaming up with the APC
against the PDP, on whose platform he became the Bayelsa State Deputy
Governor, Nigeria’s Vice-President and President during his political career.
In a statement issued yesterday by its Chairman, Chief Benson Odoko,
the PDP Elders Forum accused Jonathan of using the Bayelsa poll to
negotiate with President Muhammadu Buhari not to prosecute him for
In the statement, Odoko alleged, “The former President, who visited
President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja for an
undisclosed mission just before the election, kept his distance from
the PDP and its members throughout the period of the campaigns
leading to the election.
“The forum was shocked when Jonathan and his wife donated the Aridolf Hotel
to the APC as the operational contact point for visiting dignitaries of the party
and as the venue for the party’s controversial primaries.
“These actions of Jonathan clearly portray him as a betrayer of the PDP
which gave him the platform to occupy the highest positions in the country,
Bayelsa State, and millions of the PDP members just to protect his selfish interest.”
It added, “The argument that Jonathan worked against the PDP because his preferred candidate, Chief Timi Alaibe, lost in the primaries was a pathetic perfidy meant to cover up the real reasons for this betrayal against Bayelsans and Nigerians.”
He called on the national leadership of the PDP to melt disciplinary action against Jonathan.