The Convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Edwin Clark has said that the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is still angry with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the 2015 betrayal.
According to Clark, Jonathan is angry because of how party members, led by the former National Chairman of the party and ex-governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Muazu betrayed him in 2015, saying that this has been the reason why Jonathan has since stopped attending meetings of the PDP.
The Niger Delta leader, who spoke today, July 12,at his Asokoro residence in Abuja when the Delta Central Leaders of Thought of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by its National Leader, Chief Ominimini Obiuwevbi visited him.
According to him, members of the PDP from the north also worked against Jonathan, claiming that it was the turn of the north to produce Nigeria’s president.
Clark complained that many PDP leaders in the northern region funded the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
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, not 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 campaign; he was only following Jonathan about.
“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 maneuvered PDP with Alhaji (Atiku) 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 is 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.”