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PDP Crisis: Coup Scare As Dark Clouds Gather

PDP Crisis: Coup Scare As Dark Clouds Gather

THE Rivers State wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Southern Nigeria, says the splinter group of the party galvanized by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, does not mean well for the country and her wobbling democracy.

The party alleged on Tuesday night the Atiku-led faction of the PDP  that goes by the name, ''New PDP'' was out to subvert President Goodluck Jonathan' administration. Northern Nigeria has been pushing to stop Jonathan's re-election bid by any means necessary.

Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to Felix Obuah, the State Chair of the PDP, claimed in a statement wired to AkanimoReports, ''the only interest of the PDP faction is to scatter our party and stop President Jonathan’s second term bid''.

Continuing, the party said Governor Chibuike Amaechi has allegedly scuttled all moves for peace in the state and stability in the PDP. This, according to the polarized ruling party in Nigeria, as well as Amaechi's open declaration and support for the Atiku faction, tend to give credence to their alleged plot to short-circuit the Jonathan administration.

''Regrettably'', the party went on, ''no one in political history has been used against his own and survived it''. Rivers state PDP said Governor Amaechi and his rebel Northern colleagues are allegedly plotting to destroy the very platform through which they got to the pinnacle of their political career.

''At worst, what Amaechi and his drummers ought to do if they no more feel safe in the PDP is to decamp or form their own party. But rather than do that they have chosen to stay put, to make sure they destroy the party and our democracy. But let us reassure them that their aim will not come to pass'', the party said.

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While wishing the rebels well in their chosen path, the party berated legislators among them, Magnus Abe, Wisdom Ake, Dakuku Peterside, Leyii Kwanee for supporting the factional PDP.

''These nondescript persons can be easily swayed like a pack of cards against the collective will of the state to satisfy the whims and caprices of their paymasters who are bent on wasting money on a lost battle.That they could descend so low to encourage illegality portrays them as lacking self-confidence and will forever remain political babies that can never be independent'', PDP said.

Watchers of the cloudy Nigerian politics say it will not be surprising if the unexpected happens in the country before 2015. However, any wrong move could throw up ethno-centric and religious antagonism that is capable of taking the country back into the inglorious dark days of military dictatorship.

The situation in Nigeria is quite dicey. 

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