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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Presidency, PDP blast Tinubu over comment against Jonathan
The Presidency, yesterday took on a former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his recent comment on President Goodluck Jonathan.
Tinubu, on Thursday at a lecture held to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State in Benin City, flayed President Jonathan for reportedly presiding over the establishment of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum as a ballast to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, which cuts across party lines.
He also accused the President of allegedly dividing the Governors just because they took a different position over the Excess Crude Account.
Tinubu said he was ashamed of the President for presiding over the creation of the PDP Governors’ Forum, adding that by his actions, Jonathan was not promoting democracy.
In a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, said he was shocked at Tinubu’s utterances.
He said “This statement means Tinubu is not a leader, it means he should not be followed.
“The President is the father of this nation; he represents the sovereignty of the country,”.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Friday, questioned the motive of the ACN leader in his comments about the PDPGF.
Metuh described Tinubu’s comments as “contrary to the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association.”
PDP said, “Since the inception of the current democratic dispensation, Governors have had several groups where they meet to aggregate their common interests. We have Governors of the ACN always meeting.
“We also have groups like the Northern Governors Forum, South East Governors Foum, South South Governors Forum and so on. What is the idea behind Tinubu’s attack on the PDPGF? It goes to show the absence of democratic tenets in him for him to attempt to prevent Nigerian citizens from associating with one another.”