Abubakar Atiku and Olusegun Obasanjo
The leadership of the People's Democratic Party organised a special press conference to mark the 17th Anniversary of the institution that once prided itself as the largest party in Africa, which lost power at the federal level after spending 16 years in government.The PDP through its Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Monday, 1st of September took a jab at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy, Atiku Abubakar; Senator Barnabas Gemade, Professor Iyorchia Ayu, Audu Ogbe, Rotimi Amaechi, among others, accusing them of dumping the party for fear of competition.The PDP man said apart from Obasanjo and Atiku, who led the country from the onset of the Fourth Republic, the rest held very senior positions, including chairmen and members of its National Working Committee (NWC) and Board of Trustees (BoT).
The party said the big wigs became uncomfortable because it thrived on offering a level playing ground and accommodating various shades of Nigeria’s national spread.
Other party stalwarts that defected from PDP include Yaya Kwande, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (former Speaker of the House of Representatives, now Sokoto State Governor), Aliyu Wamakko, Mutala Nyako, Musa Rabiu Kwakwanso, ex-governors of Sokoto, Adamawa and Kano states respectively, among others.
Fielding questions at a press conference in Abuja on why top guns of the PDP were defecting to the opposition in droves, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, said:“Majority of the top party members who defected from our party are those who cannot handle competition while some members felt that they were not well-protected when they sought assistance, others left because we lost election, others for selfish reason, while some others left when they felt they were honestly not properly accommodated in the party.”