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Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

Gusau, Dasuki bickering: Groups threaten to dump PDP

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Two northern political groups, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) National Strategy and the Public Affairs Youth Forum have threatened to defect from the ruling PDP unless President Goodluck Jonathan calls to order the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki over his alleged sour relationship, with the Minister of Defence. Gen. Aliyu Gusau

The groups expressed dismay over the seeming cold war between the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed Gusau and the National Security Adviser, Col.Sambo Dasuki, insisting that unless President Jonathan intervenes, the development might not augur well for national security.

The groups, in an open letter to the president signed by the National Coordinator, Abdullahi Umar Ladan and issued to journalists in Kaduna yesterday, stated that they were disturbed by this development and might even consider leaving the PDP if the situation was not properly handled, because Gusau and Dasuki were respected northerners who must not be involved in such bickering.

“We are political groups of the PDP who have branches in 19 northern states of Nigeria. The PDP youth forum has been known to be at the vanguard of leadership, enlightening Nigerians on the noble ideals of this administration.

“As youth leaders in these states, who believe in the administration’s transformation initiatives, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on the National Security Adviser (NSA) on the way and manner he has been disgracing our elder, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau.”

“The NSA needs to understand the critical importance of his office and therefore, should try to steer clear of politics, since he is not occupying a political office.”

“Consequently, we give 7 days’ ultimatum, within which a action needs to be taken; or if Mr. President did not intervene, we would be ready to pull out of PDP.

“We will not be in a house where our elders gave no value. We appeal to our supporters across the nation to remain calm and wait for the next decision,” the statement concluded.


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