“Obasanjo Responsible for the PDP Crisis”Featured, Latest News, News Monday, December 30th, 2013
Agabus Pwanagba, Jos
A former Military Administrator of Delta State and a Gubernatorial Aspirant in the 2007 elections in Plateau State, Col. John Dungs (Rtd) has blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the ongoing crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
He told African Examiner in Jos that the 5 PDP Governors that recently defected to the All Progressive Congress are misled by the precedence set by Obasanjo.
His words: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is the person who laid the foundation for this problem, the present crisis started during his regime, when he forcefully removed Audu Ogbe as the National Chairman of PDP.
“Obasanjo said he was a party leader and told the governors that they should be leaders in their various States.
“For goodness sake, whether you are a President or Governor, you are a product of the party, it is the party that produces you, so you should allow the party’s supremacy and allow the party to dictate the tune.
“It is the party that made these people (governors) but today, they have become ‘demi gods’.
“But you can see President Goodluck Jonathan giving the National PDP Chairman, BamangaTukur his place as the Chairman but it’s unfortunate the Governors are refusing, they don’t want to relinquish that power which they have acquired.
“Some Governors are even removing Local Government Chairmen. What will happen if the local government Chairmen said ok, we will also remove you as a Governor?
“What the governors don’t want to be done to them, instead they are doing it to the local government chairmen. That is not the way to run democratic system of government.
Dungs also recalled that Obasanjo set the precedence of hand picking gubernatorial candidates without conducting primaries and forcing them on people, an action, he believes also aided the current crisis in the ruling PDP.
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