PDP crises: Group issues ultimatum to Jonathan

Apparently disturbed by the myriads of crises that has almost torn the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apart, a political group known as “The PDP Core Supporters Network” has issued a two-week ultimatum to President Goodluck Jonathan to resolve the crisis in the party and to immediately lift the suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State from the party and accord him recognition as the duly elected chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
The group warned that should the president fail to do this, they will withdraw their support for his (Jonathan’s) presidential ambition.

The group, in a press statement signed by its National Secretary, Mallam Mohammed Hashidu, disclosed that Nigerians are tired of the current crises in the ruling party, saying it will hinder delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians and is unhealthy for the nation’s peace, unity and development.

He said, “As far as we, the members of the group are concerned, there is a big crack in PDP which needs an immediate and proactive resolution for the betterment of all in the party, also for the party to maintain its leadership in the comity of political parties in Africa. We are tired of the continued quagmire that abounds in the party, which not only hinders proper delivery of dividends of democracy in all ramifications but also threatens the unity, love and peaceful co-existence of our beloved great country.”

Hashidu urged President Goodluck Jonathan and leadership of the party, under Alhaji Bamaga Tukur, to as a matter of urgency resolve the crisis before the end of October or the group would withdraw its support for the party in 2015.
Hashidu called for the immediate reversal of the dissolution of the party executives in Adamawa, Rivers and Kano state chapters of PDP, stressing the need to allow for popular participation of internal democracy within the party in order to further deepen the nation’s democracy for other parties to emulate.
According to him, “There should be no automatic ticket for the offices of the President and Governors, as being proposed by the PDP BoT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih. Also there is need to ensure free, fair, credible and transparent primary elections at all levels.”     
The group faulted the extra judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by security agencies, especially the most recent Apo killing. It alleged that DSS personnel were behind the killings of the innocent victims, whom it mistook for members of Boko Haram and called for investigation into the incessant extra judicial killings in the country.

Hashidu berates the federal government for its inability to resolve the ASUU strike, saying “No serious government can afford to play with the education of its citizenry, therefore it implored the federal government to put more effort and consider in totality the agreement already reached between it and ASUU two years back in order to save the education from total collapse.”

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