President Goodluck Jonathan; President of the Senate, David Mark; and a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Ali, on Tuesday lashed out at a former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, for dumping the PDP for the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
While Jonathan described Maku’s action as anti-party, Mark said the former minister was a liar while Ali described him as an ingrate.They spoke at the Lafia Township Stadium during the PDP presidential rally.Jonathan said there was no truth in the former minister’s claim that he (the President) encouraged him to join APGA.The President said he could not be involved in anti-party activities.He said he did not at any time have any discussion or encourage Maku to join another party.He said PDP does not encourage anti-party activities and he, as the leader, would never flout the party’s rules and regulations.
Mark on his part said Maku have to apologise and retrace his steps, before he could be accepted back to the party. “Don’t be deceived by any son of yours that says he has been put in another party to run for the governorship. Mr. President is PDP from top to bottom,” he said.The Senate President said the North Central was solidly behind the President and will vote for him because he has brought democracy dividends to bear on the region.Ali also described Maku as an ingrate, saying that despite using the platform of the party to rise to stardom, he jumped the ship because of greed.
He said the President had never asked anybody to join any party to canvass for him, saying Maku’s intention is to smear the image of Jonathan and portray him as a religious bigot.He accused Maku of dropping the name of the President in his bid to realise his ambition which he insisted will never happen because he lacks the required integrity.Ali said Maku’s people now treat him with disdain because he does not portray leadership qualities.