Arms probe: PDP governors slam ex-presidential aide over comment on Jonathan


Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have lambasted a former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, over his comments regarding the ongoing trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and others, over arms deal in the last administration.

Speaking through the coordinator of the PDP Governors Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, the governors asked Mr. Gulak “to shut up if he has nothing better to say”.

Mr. Gulak, as political adviser to Mr. Jonathan, was known for defending the president whenever he came under “attack” from critics.

He was, however, fired long before the 2015 election.

Mr. Gulak was reported Wednesday to have called on current President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the probe of the purchase of arms to Mr. Jonathan.

He said whether the president was aware of what was going on or not, he was liable because “the buck stops at his table”.

Mr. Gulak had on Tuesday also a obtained a favourable ruling from a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in his suit asking the court to sack the acting national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, and declare him the national chairman of the party.

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, the PDP governors expressed regret that a man aspiring to lead the party cannot offer anything tangible other than to encourage the apparent determination of the APC-led regime to “decimate” the PDP.

“We hope that the statement credited to Mr. Gulak is untrue, that he was misquoted. But if it is actually what he said, then it is regrettable.

“This is a man that pretended that he was ready to die if Jonathan did not contest the 2015 presidential election having nothing positive to contribute on the attack by the APC on the former president and PDP.

“One would have expected that Gulak would call for an inclusive, unbiased investigation of the purported arms deal rather than this mercenary statement by him,” they said.

The forum also said it was now clear to them that Mr. Gulak’s court case against the PDP national executive was the handiwork of “fifth columnist out to destroy the PDP”.

“Come to think of it, Gulak is yet to shake off the bitterness of his sack by President Jonathan in 2014 given his overreaching himself just as he is doing now,” the statement reads.

Explaining why he may have been fired, PDP governors said Mr. Gulak was a “loose cannon” during his time in office, a situation, they said, led to the estrangement of most governors, including the five governors that eventually decamped from the PDP to the APC.

They also said Mr. Gulak was free to leave the PDP for the APC “given his opportunistic inclination” rather than cause disaffection within the PDP.

On the arms deal probe, PDP governors decried what they called media trial by agents of the present government, urging a fair, impartial process in order to strengthen accountability and the rule of law in the country.

The statement also added that ”…nobody should play the sanctimonious card as each person’s antecedent is well-known given that no one fell from outer space”.

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