PDP splinter group demand unconstitutional – Gulak
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, has assured that ongoing talks with the splinter group in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was yielding positive reports though their demands are unconstitutional.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents, Gulak said the Tuesday night meeting with four aggrieved governors and two pro Jonathan governors also had in attendance former military President Ibrahim Babangida and former National Chairman, Amadu Ali.
The President’s aide however insisted that the President’s group was yet to shift ground because the break-away group’s demands go against the Nigerian constitution and the party constitution.
Gulak said, “Leaders are discussing this issue (crisis) with PDP is not uncommon, they are not unexpected. PDP is the biggest party in Africa and the only national party in Nigeria. Everybody wants to belong to PDP and once you have various shades of opinions, that is why in a party like this, we are bound to disagree to agree.
“We have the internal mechanisms to sort out ourselves. I'm assuring you that this so-called crisis would be a thing of the past. We are on peace course, we are discussing some of the demands that you media men are speculating are unconstitutional. These demands would not in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and certain demands would not be in accordance with the party's constitution.
“What we are saying is that the elders are talking. We are talking in accordance with the law of the land and of the party. So we are on peace course. Both parties are being made to understand what are involved. The party constitution, the Nigerian constitution and other issues that are concerned.
“About the last night meeting, everybody was happy. Further meetings are expected”.