Director of the Media and Publicity Directorate of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has taken the Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee, NWC, to the cleaners, saying they are traitors and household enemies who were responsible for the defeat of the party.
Reacting during an impromptu interview with journalists in Abuja to allegations by Mu’azu and PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that the PDPPCO was responsible for the loss of the election due to hate speeches, Fani-Kayode said they are looking for alibis and scapegoats for their failure in order to cover up their treachery, weaknesses and inadequacies.
Fani-Kayode, who emphasised that he has restrained himself from responding to the NWC since they made the allegation, said it is imperative he clears the air for the sake of posterity.
“We cannot be expected to remain silent forever when faced with such a grave allegation. The truth is that I have no hate in me and neither did anyone in the PDPPCO or in my Directorate.
“Before the Presidential Campaign Organisation came into being, the PDP had virtually lost its voice and those who do not recognise this have obviously lost touch with reality.
“They are hopelessly confused and they have no idea how political campaigns are conducted in the civilised world. Their accusations are not only baseless, but they are also self-serving.”
Fani-Kayode, however, exonerated some NWC members like Uche Secondus, Kema Chikwe, Barrister Jalo, Wale Oladipo, the National Youth Leader and a few others from the failure of the national leadership of the party, stressing that they did their best and supported the President as best as they could but the majority of them were terrible.
He noted that President Goodluck Jonathan was under very serious daily vile attack by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for a very long time without serious response from the NWC leaders and information managers of the PDP before the inauguration of the Presidential Campaign Council.
“They are traitors and they are working for the enemy. Did these so-called party leaders complain when Jonathan was attacked by the APC and Lai Mohammed every day?
“I find it strange that they are prepared to accept the personal attacks on their own candidate as being acceptable yet they complain when we attack the candidate of the other side. Whose side are these people really on?
The PDP campaign spokesman declared that members of the campaign organisation “stood up for the President and fought for him when he was faced with the most vicious, malicious and hateful gunfire that this country has ever known.
“They fought for him gallantly when he was faced with the most effective and ruthless campaign of calumny that this country has ever known from an opposition that was ruthlessly efficient in all its ways and that was not prepared to spare him or take any prisoners.
“The truth is that the APC media machine was awesome yet we engaged them fire for fire and bullet for bullet and I do not regret that. If we had not done so we would have lost the election by at least 10 million more votes than we did.
“We spoke the truth, we engaged the enemy on all fronts and we not only fought them to a standstill, but for the first time since the establishment of the APC, they were put on the defensive.
“If one or two members of the NWC are so ignorant that they cannot make a distinction between virile political banter and a hate campaign that is their problem.”
He predicted that after APC takes over power on May 29 the party will begin a formidable onslaught against the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, his entire cabinet and his political associates and PDP needs strong leadership to put APC in check.
“In order to survive over the next four years as a party we must make the necessary changes at the top otherwise we will be utterly decimated.
“The present leadership of the party, particularly its information organs, have no chance of standing against an APC Federal Government because they are weak and they lack understanding and courage. They will be savaged beyond belief and torn apart if they try it because they do not have the stomach, the grit, the appetite or the wherewithal for a long drawn fight.
“They are simply incapable of defending the President and his legacies after he has left office and neither are the majority of them even ready to do so.
“They are indeed the enemy within. The truth is that their allegation is not only baseless but it is also unadulterated rubbish and those who made them are nothing but ingrates, cowards and traitors who know nothing about politics, political campaigns, intellectual discourse or political engagement.
“They are simply trying to revise and re-write history in order to cover up their treachery, weaknesses and inadequacies. They are fuelled by hate and envy and worse of all, right from the start, they had no interest in fighting for our leader and presidential candidate President Goodluck Jonathan or in ensuring that he
won the election.
“Their arrogance was insufferable, they were an unmitigated disaster and their leadership style was abysmal. It still is. If any group of people were responsible for our loss, it was them. They were envious of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and its high profile and they are nothing but a bunch of bitter and treacherous ingrates who have no business leading a political party.
He added that contrary to the allegation of Mu’azu and some NWC members, President Jonathan commended their efforts and thanked them for all they did after the conclusion of the election.
“However, what the NWC said about us is undoubtedly the unkindest cut of all. It is like Brutus’ betrayal of Julius Caesar. It is wicked, uncharitable and unacceptable and some of us will not take it. What they need to understand and appreciate is that we will not sit by idly and allow them rewrite history or make us the fall guys.”

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