The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders Forum, has called on the party’s national leadership to punish former President, Goodluck Jonathan, over his alleged betrayal during the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The PDP, which has ruled the state since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, lost its grip on power, after it was displaced by the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the exercise.
The party’s Elders Forum accused Jonathan of working with the APC against his own party, on whose platform he became the state deputy governor, the country’s vice president and eventually, president, during his political career.
In a statement on Sunday by its chairman, Benson Odoko, the Forum accused Jonathan of using the election to negotiate with President Muhammadu Buhari not to prosecute him for alleged corruption while in office.
Odoko alleged: “The former President, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja for an undisclosed mission just before the election, kept his distance from the PDP and its members throughout the period of the campaigns leading to the election.
“The forum was shocked when Jonathan and his wife donated the Aridolf Hotel to the APC as the operational contact point for visiting dignitaries of the party and as the venue for the party’s controversial primaries.
“These actions of Jonathan clearly portray him as a betrayer of the PDP which gave him the platform to occupy the highest positions in the country, Bayelsa State, and millions of the PDP members just to protect his selfish interest.”
It added: “The argument that Jonathan worked against the PDP because his preferred candidate, Chief Timi Alaibe, lost in the primaries was a pathetic perfidy meant to cover up the real reasons for this betrayal against Bayelsans and Nigerians.”
He called on the national leadership of the party to invoke disciplinary action against Jonathan.
Meanwhile, Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, on Sunday, reportedly declined to comment on another allegation made by Sule Lamido, a former Jigawa governor, accusing Jonathan of trading the Bayelsa governorship poll for the Malabu oil scam.
“I decline comment,” Ologbondiyan was quoted to have said by Daily Independent.