Former President Jonathan is angry with PDP over 2015 betrayal, says Edwin Clark.
Newsonline reports that Former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Tuesday, gave an insight into why former President Goodluck Jonathan stopped attending meetings of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to Clark, former President Jonathan is angry with his party because of what party members led by the former National Chairman and past Governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Muazu did to Jonathan by betraying him when he wanted to be reelected in 2015 as the President of the country.
Clark who noted that PDP leaders from the north worked against Jonathan because according to them, it was the turn of the North to produce the President, stressed that many of the PDP governors from the north mobilized funds for the then-candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari against their own P flag bearer.
The Elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, noted that Jonathan had learnt his lesson which explained why he stopped attending meetings of PDP, especially the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party which is a life member as long as he is still a member of the party in line with the constitution.
Speaking yesterday at his Asokoro residence in Abuja when played host to the Delta Central APC Leaders of Thought, DECALT led by its National Leader, Chief Ominimini Obiuwevbi, the leader of Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF who lamented that the same northern governors in the PDP who had rejected zoning were now talking about competence and integrity in 2022, accused the party of what he described as manipulation leading to the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
Clark said, “Now coming home politically, Jonathan was the president for some time as the result of the death of President Yar’Adua. Jonathan ruled for about five years, he is a Christian and the northerners said it was their turn.
“From 2011, they have been worrying Jonathan. Even in 2015, the northern PDP leaders ganged up with APC, Tinubu and removed Jonathan from office. They did not campaign, Jonathan was on his own.
“So, when people say why Jonathan is not in PDP, now attending PDP meetings, I can safely say that he’s learning his lesson that the people he trusted did not trust him. They squandered the party’s money and left.
“So, when people say why is Jonathan not in PDP, he knows how they betrayed him, how the northern PDP governors contributed money towards Buhari’s success, how members of government betrayed him.
“The National Chairman of PDP at the time was Governor (Adamu) Mu’azu. He did not go to his hometown to the campaign, he was only following Jonathan, he knew what he was doing. Every one of them wanted Buhari to win. So, Buhari won. He has ruled for eight years.
“Now, the same northerners are now saying competence, no zoning, integrity.
“It fell for the prey, they manoeuvred PDP with Alhaji Abubakar who has been wanting to be president of Nigeria over the years, championing the cause of division. So, the PDP, a party we love, PDP a party of southern Nigeria disappointed us.
“In 2019, 11 million people voted for Atiku Abubakar, PDP. Five million from the north, five million from the south. Now he doesn’t think that we ever did anything for him.
“So, Nigeria has changed. If anyone tells you that all is well in Nigeria that person living in a fool’s paradise.
“I’m happy to note that you are members of the ruling party that is APC and I will give you a message to Mr. President, who is the leader of your party. But we are in the minority but in every society, the minority and the majority must live together. We have never seen a community where you have only the majority if that’s the case amongst them some will become a minority.
“We are the largest ethnic nationality in Delta State but within you, some people are dominating. Because we are alive, we don’t need this society where people are not equal. That’s what Mandela fought for everybody is equal. People should live in a country where you grow up to do anything God created you do.”
Clark who recalled that when governors of the Southern states insisted on zoning the presidency to the South, the SMBLF immediately keyed into it, however regretted that despite an agreement for Southerners not to accept the running mate position to any Northern presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has been picked as the Vice Presidential candidate by the PDP even though he hosted one of the governors meetings in Asaba.
According to the South-South leader, the APC he thought the people of the South-South should have no business with, became the party that listened to the yearnings of the region over zoning and the need for the South to produce the next President come 2023.
Clark who noted that he would have voted for the ruling APC, but for his age and its decision to fly a Muslim-Muslim Presidential ticket, said, “Several times we met here and before the PDP had their primary, we met here again and repeated the same thing.
“We didn’t know that our own Governor, who initiated this meeting if you agreed for a meeting to be held in your house and you backed out thereafter, you have betrayed your colleagues. Isn’t it?
“So, that’s why one of my cousins called Okowa miscreant.
“So I’m therefore very happy that you are here to give us not me alone our organization your support and they will hear it.
“We have seen that up till today we still believe in the southern presidency. So that is why some of us had said that APC that we never wanted to talk about is the one that has listened to us by zoning the presidency to the south.
“Of course, I’m an old man now, I will be 95, and I no longer belong to a political party. Perhaps if I were to vote, and you put only two parties, that is APC and PDP, I will vote for APC for zoning the presidency to the south, listening to our opinion.
“Who is Atiku? Who thinks that he is very, very important that people like us when we speak, he will not listen. A good leader must he one that will listen to us. So, if he becomes president what will he do?”
The Elder statesman who also accused the PDP Presidential candidate of opposing Jonathan’s Presidential ambition since 2010, said, “Now, Atiku has been kicking against the presidency of Jonathan since 2010. He said it was their turn but today, the same Atiku and his people now said integrity. Where in Nigeria…all of you here have integrity, and competence.
“You know this time, the governors of the states they think they are so powerful.
“But the only thing that your party has done that has made me to withdraw my support is this Muslim-Muslim ticket. I won’t talk about it, because I have written a statement.”