Immediate Political Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, has revealed that internal discord withing the ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was responsible for the loss of President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP in the Saturday, March 28, 2015 federal elections.
Speaking to Vanguard in Yola, the Adamawa State capital on Thursday, April 9, 2015, Gulak denied reports that he had dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the rumour was aimed at scoring cheap political points.
He said: “I want to say that I will remain a staunch PDP member despite the loss of the presidential election by our great party. Rather than defect to the APC, I will join forces with like-minded Nigerians to make the PDP to bounce back in the years to come.”
On the reason for the loss at the polls, Gulak said: “In the first place, the PDP did not see the crisis created in all the states of the federation. The party did not go into that election as a united entity as expected.
“Across the country the nomination process was contrary to the party constitution. You could see that in some states, the candidates were imposed on the party and that alienated party faithful from the party and caused more division for the system.
“As human beings, not many will take time to think. But we have now seen where the party went wrong and we have to return to the drawing board with a view to winning in 2019.
“We are going to see who played what role in the current crisis and if need be we may ask those culpable to step aside and new hands will take over to rebuild confidence and enhance its winning power in the next election.”