Jonathan, wife working against PDP – Kinsmen alleges

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has come under fire as his kinsmen have raised the alarm over what they called manifest danger to the electoral fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.

According to them, Jonathan and his wife were backing opposition candidates against PDP candidates in the national and state legislative elections.

The ex-president’s kinsmen under the auspices of Ogbia Renaissance (OR), said they had proof that Jonathan was angry that his preferred candidates lost out in the National Assembly and House of Assembly primaries.

And as such, he was secretly working with opposition elements to undermine the electoral fortunes of PDP in Ogbia and Bayelsa East senatorial district.

Obhioru Mitanoni, the Chairman of OR, in a statement accused Jonathan and other PDP chieftains of committing clear anti-party activities, ahead of the forthcoming legislative elections in the state.

Mitanoni alleged that Jonathan and his loyalists were backing Cleric Awudum, (Accord Party) against the PDP candidate, Munaleyefa Gibson, in Ogbia Constituency 2, Gabriel Ogbara of Advanced Democratic Congress against the PDP candidate, Naomi Ogoli for Ogbia Constituency 3, Samuel Ogbuku APC, a former chief of staff to former governor Timipre Sylva, against Fred Obua, thé PDP candidate for Ogbia Federal constituency and Senator Nimi Barigha Amange ADC against Chief Blessing Ipigasi Izagara of the PDP for Bayelsa East senatorial district.

He called on the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, to take urgent steps to avert an impending disaster.

The statement read in part: “Jonathan and his loyalists’ brand of petty, self-centred brand of politics in Ogbia is a mockery and cruel slap on the enviable track record of late Senator Melford Okilo and other notable founding fathers and leaders in Ogbia land who fought hard to raise the profile of the Ogbia kingdom.

“Their selfish brand of politics has left Ogbia completely desolate, abandoned and rudderless.

“Ogbia that was once the pride and envy of the old Rivers State and Niger Delta is now a land begging for attention with the bulk of her people feeding from the crumbs that have fallen off the dining table of some self-glorifying leaders with no sense of mission.”

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