2015 General Elections: ‘PDP Failed Because Mercenaries Took Over Party’s Control’

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From Tom Garba, Yola
A top aspirant for the position of national chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, has claimed that the party failed in the 2015 General Elections because hired mercenaries infiltrated its ranks, taking total control of the party’s vital organs.
The former governor of the defunct Gongola State, who made the disclosure during a session with newsmen in Yola on Tuesday noted that founding fathers of the PDP floated a party that would unite all Nigerians.
He said in their resolve to avoid the mistakes of the first and second republics which carried out regionally inclined politicking, both the progressives and the reactionary forces within the political system coalesced to form a party with a national outlook.
Juta noted with regret that the dream of the founding fathers was stymied by the antics of fifth columnists in the mould of mercenaries who took over the control of the party and its eventual defeat in the last general elections.
He added that if elected into office, he would ensure that the party was restructured along the vision and mission of its founding fathers so as to rejuvenate its lost glory and winning streak.
While responding to agitation by some members of the party who clamour for the party’s change of nomenclature, Juta said there was nothing wrong with the name of party, noting that it was the whimsical attitude of some self-serving members that led the party to its current sorry state, promising to work in line with the party’s manifesto so as to bring it back on track.
While applauding the anti-corruption stance of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, Juta noted that the major problem with Nigeria was corruption and any well-meaning Nigerian should support moves to rid the country of the menace.
He decried the attitude of some politicians whose major stake in politics was to serve their personal interests, noting that these people would have no place in the party if he emerged its leader as he would make sure that respect for the rule of law and constitutionality are given priority in the scheme of party affairs.
Juta, who expressed gratitude for his endorsement by the Adamawa State Working Committee of the party, said he would not disappoint them if he emerged as the national chairman of the party.

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