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Obasanjo’s letter to Jonathan: Group Calls on PDP Governors to Speak Up

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

The African Examiner

The Northwest Solidarity Forum (NSF), which draws its membership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the seven states in the zone, has called on PDP governors to speak up on the controversial letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

The group’s Zonal Leader, Alhaji Abubakar Danfulani, said in a statement issued yesterday that the silence of the governors was worrisome to the Forum, explaining that there was need for them to intervene in a measured manner that will engender reconciliation.

In the statement titled: “Obasanjo’s letter: Where are the PDP governors?” the Forum said it was concerned about the content of the 18-page letter “which borders on issues of governance and exposes details of such other issues which should not have been meant for the public space.”

The Forum stated that, “while the Forum is still pondering the motivation behind the declassification of the letter by Chief Obasanjo, it is quite surprising that none of the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has deemed it necessary to intervene in the matter through measured comments that will engender reconciliation.

“The silence in the camp of the PDP governors is worrisome to us.  It gives the Forum the impression that the governors may be sympathetic to the cause of Chief Obasanjo since he was said to have been responsible for the election of no fewer than 18 out of the 23 of them (out of which five have now defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“But is that enough reason to keep mute and stand the risk of being complicit in the grand plan by the former President to expose the underbelly of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to attacks by the opposition elements?”

The Forum said further, “At this point, the PDP governors who believe in the survival of the Federal Government and the PDP cannot afford to sit on the fence or keep mute.

“They cannot afford to pander to the whims and caprices of an individual who has a personal axe to grind with President Jonathan at the detriment of the Federal Government and the ruling PDP.

“They must stand up to save the government and the party from the grand conspiratorial alliances that are being maliciously coupled by Chief Obasanjo with a view to undermining the Federal Government under the watch of President Jonathan.

“The salvation of our nascent democracy, the political careers and future of the governors should give them a sense of urgency and commitment to the task of working together to pursue peace and success for the Federal Government and the ruling party now and during the 2015 general elections.”

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