A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, betrayed his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in his bid to win the 2011 presidential election.
Abubakar, in an article made available to the media on Sunday on how to resolve the crisis facing the PDP in the South West, said there was no other explanation for the defeat of the party in all other elections in the zone but the presidential poll.
He said in the article that the leadership of the party was consciously instigating crisis in the party for personal survival.
The article was titled: “There is need to reverse the declining trend of PDP in the South West.”
Abubakar said of the 2011 elections in which President Jonathan was massively supported in the South West but with the PDP losing: “It still remains a paradox to me how the presidential candidate of the party would win massively in all but one state of the South West, yet the party failed to produce a single state governor in the region and could only produce 18 State Assembly members in the same election.
“My experience in politics tells me that this paradox can only be explained in one way that is the leadership of the party must have abandoned the party and negotiated the victory of the President at the expense of the Party.”
Abubakar accused the leadership of the party of not showing enough sincerity in the resolution of the crisis facing the party.
He said: “Recent events have shown that the leadership of the party has demonstrated insufficient sincerity in resolving the numerous crises which are pitching the party members against themselves.
“Political maneuvering that relies on the politics of patronage and arbitrary application of sanctions will not sustain the popular will of the people through which the party can recover the lost ground.”