- Sen Smart Adeyemi says it’s too late for Atiku Abubakar to resolve the crisis festering in the Kogi state chapter of the PDP
- Atiku, worried about the crisis, had been meeting with interested parties in the matter, with the aim of uniting the party for victory
- Adeyemi further dismissed insinuations that Governor Yahaya Bello may lose the upcoming election due to poor performance
Senator Smart Adeyemi, director general of the Yahaya Bello Campaign Organisation, says it’s too late for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to resolve the crisis festering in the Kogi state chapter of the opposition party.
Following the emergence of Musa Wada as the party’s flagbearer for the November 16 governorship election in the state, many PDP stakeholders, including some aspirants in the September 3 primaries, have continued to bicker over the exercise, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng notes that some aggrieved aspirants have even gone to court to challenge the outcome of the exercise.
Atiku, worried about the development, had been meeting with interested parties in the matter, with the aim of uniting the party for victory.
However, in a chat with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, October 2, Adeyemi said the crisis in Kogi PDP is beyond redemption, and urged Atiku not to waste his time.
He said: “My advice to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is that he should not waste his time and money. It is too late. I wish he did that six months ago.
“The crisis rocking the Kogi PDP are fundamental. They are without planning, they are without focus and people have made up their minds in Kogi state.
“How can you present the son-in-law of a former governor who is also the younger brother of another former governor. Even if you are picking someone from the same zone, are there not other very competent persons from the zone?”
Adeyemi said attempts by interrelated families to dominate political power in Kogi had led to the demise of the PDP in the state. He pointed out that an ex governor, his son and his in-laws were seeking to convert the state to their private fiefdom.
He further dismissed insinuations that Governor Yahaya Bello may lose the upcoming election due to poor performance; insisting that Bello had performed better than his predecessors.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Atiku Abubakar waded into the PDP's crisis in Kogi ahead of the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The former vice president stated that unity among the warring factions is needed to win the poll.
Atiku met with the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Mohammed Wada, in Dubai and also met with Senator Dino Melaye, one of the contenders for the party’s ticket, on how to mend the cracks that became bigger after the party’s primaries.
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