By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State under the umbrella of the Plateau for Atiku Group have disowned the statement credited to former Governor Jonah Jang, asking the national chairman of the party, Dr. Iyiorchia Ayu to resign.
According to them, neither the party nor the stakeholders authorised any of such position, and that what the former governor said, was his personal opinion and that of the group he represents.
In a statement signed by the Protem Secretary of the group, Prof Shedrack Best, the group frowned at the former governor’s penchant for making statements that are not in tune with those of other stakeholders of the party in the state.
Jang has been a member of Governor Nyesom Wike’s group which has been having a running battle with the national chairman of the party, since Wike lost the presidential primaries to former Vice Oresident Atiku Abubakar.
“Our former governor, Senator Jonah Jang has made remarks contrary to the position of the stakeholders and it’s time we make clarifications. We dissociate ourselves from the position of the former governor. He did not speak for us, neither did he for the party in the state. We stand by the presidential candidate of the PDP.
“As loyal party men and women, we encourage peaceful resolution of the impasse and not actions from senior members of the party that will fuel it out of proportion. We therefore, stand by the national chairman and our presidential candidate.
“While we pray for amicable resolution of the crisis for the party to take its bearing and prepare for victory, we are not happy that those who are in a position to offer constructive counsel and solutions are adding to the crisis,” the group said.
The group therefore, called on the public to discountenance the statement of the former governor, saying, “Sen Jang alone cannot be the face of the party in the state, nor does he represent the stand on Atiku Abubakar’s candidature and his acceptability in the state.
“He is not our spokesman and he cannot decide for us. Plateau people are united behind Atiku Abubakar and will proudly participate in all organs and activities of the campaigns leading to the victory of the candidate and the party,” the statement clarified.
They also accused a former Senator of causing the problem in the Plateau PDP and asked the national secretariat of the party to beware of the tactics of Jang, whom they believe is pursuing an agenda.