Sociopolitical group, Borno Youth Vanguard, has linked the poor performance of President Goodluck Jonathan in last weekend’s election in the North to the insincerity of his political allies in the region.
In a statement issued by its Chairman, Ibrahim Kaga and Secretary, Moses Thiiza, the group alleged that President Jonathan was deceived by Northern leaders in order to get patronages and draw out of his campaign fund.
The group alleged that despite receiving money to mobilise their people to vote for Jonathan, many of the leaders went to bed with the funds.
Kaga said of particular interest is the case of a former governor of Borno State, who allegedly collected huge funds from the President to deliver Borno and Yobe States to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but went to bed without dispensing his “loot to anyone even in the midst of sufferings brought to bear on the people by the Boko Haram insurgency.”
He said: “Since the former governor has committed himself that he should be held responsible if Borno was not delivered to Mr. President, Goodluck Jonathan should now move to hold him responsible for the disgraceful loss in Borno State as a lesson to other leaders that deceived him from the North.”
The group asked the former governor to refund the money he collected from the President to deliver Borno to PDP.
“We have incontrovertible evidence that the money was not used, neither was it delivered to the PDP in Borno State hence the dismal performance of the party in the presidential election.
“Instead of this politician appealing to the people of Borno to get them to vote for Jonathan, he provoked them by his greed and got him bashed. The most annoying thing was that the numerous widows and orphans who need money were not catered for and the displeasure of people of Borno was shown in the protest votes which left the PDP with less than five percent of the entire votes cast” the group said.
Aggrieved PDP members caused Jonathan’s defeat – Pajok
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in Plateau State, Senator Gyang Pwajok, has said some aggrieved members of the party should be blamed for the failure of the PDP in the presidential election.
He alleged that the aggrieved party members worked with the opposition to cripple the PDP at the elections.
Pwajok stated this yesterday in a chat with newsmen at the Government House, Rayfield, in Jos, the state capital.
According to him, “the PDP is still a party to beat in the state. The future is still bright for the party in the forthcoming governorship elections in the state. The party won the senatorial elections in the three zones in the state and also won six House of Representatives seats.”
“We would work hard to ensure that we deliver the state to the PDP in the forthcoming governorship elections” he said, and called on the people of Plateau to continue to keep faith with the PDP, stressing that the party would not disappoint them.