Barely one week after the non-elective national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a plot to embark on campaign of calumny against frontline candidate for the post of deputy national chairman (north) of the party, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali, has been uncovered in Abuja.
The entry of Prof Alkali into the race was reported to have unsettled some individuals within the party, who are said to have been having sleepless nights prior to the convention before the election was eventually postponed till 2017, following the condoning-off of the convention venue by security agents.
A chieftain of the party, who is in the know about the plot, said on condition of anonymity that the clique was fine-tuning strategies to embark on media campaign against the former political adviser in the presidency in a desperate bid to demonise him before the next convention.
According to him, the media campaign of calumny will be bankrolled by a chieftain of the party (names withheld) whose past activities in the party he said had been subject of debate in the past few months.
He said that the plot against Prof Alkali would include sponsorship of press statements and advertorials by faceless individuals against the former national publicity secretary of the PDP.
The PDP chieftain said the conspirators and their sponsor would be having another meeting in Abuja on Thursday (today) to fine-tune their strategy for the negative media campaign.
“Just watch out in the media in the next couple of weeks, we will give you full details about the sponsors of the report because we know who they are and those they have recruited to execute the project,” he said.
He, however, frowned at the development, saying it was unfortunate that some members of the party that benefited while the party was in power were yet to appreciate the implication of the crisis in the party.
According to him, “While concerned PDP leaders and BoT members are working round the clock to reconcile members of the party, some selfish individuals are still going around conspiring against others for their selfish reasons.”
Contacted on phone for his reaction, Prof Alkali said he was not aware of the looming media campaign against him and stressed that his immediate concern now was to give members of the National Caretaker Committee every support they needed to restore the party to its past glory.
Pressed further on whether he is not concerned about possibility of the alleged negative media campaign against his quest for the position, Alkali said the development could not give him sleepless nights as the ultimate decision resided with God, PDP leaders and delegates, and not any faceless individual.