Senator Lambasts Clark,Jemibewon,Others For Attacking Anenih’s PDP Peace Moves



Anenih-660x330The crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP continues to produce amazing twists and turns.Even the party’s peace moves generated attacks and counter attacks.
The latest in the series came from Senator Yisa Braimoh, a member of the Nigerian Senators’ Forum has called on former Information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, to stop attacking the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih and his remarkable efforts at resolving the crisis rocking the party. Clark and the trio of former Senate , Senator Ameh Ebute, former Minister of Police Affairs, General David Jemibewon and former Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), General Ibrahim Haruna, had under the aegis of Congress for Equality attacked Anenih for admitting that some of the aggrieved PDP governors had genuine grievances, which would be addressed to enable the party come stronger from the “minor” crisis. Clark and his had declared in a statement at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Thursday that: “Chief Tony Anenih should distance himself from the demands of these so-called ‘aggrieved governors’ and join Tukur to work for the party in truth and spirit.”
However, Senator Braimoh, represented North Senatorial District from 2007 to 2011 on the PDP platform, yesterday took exception to Clark and co., saying that “while the position taken by Chief Tony Anenih as Chairman of the BoT of the PDP is statesmanlike and helpful to the process of finding solutions to the crisis, the attitude of Chief Edwin Clark and his friends in the Congress for Equality only helps to worsen the crisis. They should therefore emulate Chief Anenih.
“It is sardonic that while elders of the PDP should spare no effort to put an end to the lingering crisis threatening our party, Chief Clark and his friends should be voices of moderation are the ones stoking the fire and choosing to be part of the problem rather than the solution. It is, indeed, pathetically sad that they are unconscionably widening the gulf between contending parties.
“They should known, if they were not being mischievous, that as chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Anenih is expected to play the role of an impartial arbiter, which does not admit of dissembling. This is has appropriately done in the circumstance. His attitude does not detract from his commitment to the unity of the party and the re- of Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
“Chief Edwin Clark and his friends should know that they are not helping Jonathan by taking positions that are capable of worsening the crisis especially when the Presidency and the PDP leadership initiated peace talks with the aggrieved governors.”
Braimoh said further in a statement issued in Abuja that “it is patently fraudulent for Chief Clark and co. to present the correct position by Chief Anenih at promoting efforts at reconciliation as tantamount to identifying with the aggrieved governors. This type of shenanigans should not be the stock in trade of people who are supposed to be elder statesmen.”
The senator recalled that Anenih had, before now, in his speeches at the South-south PDP leaders meeting in Asaba on May 12 and the PDP dinner in the Presidential Villa on May 30, this year, spoken about some of the findings of BoT delegation to state governors on the platform of the party, one of which was the fact that some governors had complaints against the leadership of the party, just as the party had complaints against some of them.
In Braimoh’s words , “Permit me to quote Anenih’s exact statements in Asaba which were also repeated in Abuja: ‘It is true that some Governors have complaints against the leadership of the party; however, such complaints are not sufficient to warrant any rebellion as speculated. There have also been some complaints against the Governors. In any case, the problems raised are not insurmountable as, indeed, they are already being addressed by the leadership of the Party’.”
“So, why are Clark and his friends trying to make political capital of a non-issue? Nobody faulted the honest appraisal then. Why are they trying to ridicule themselves by trying to make an issue of a non-issue?” queried.

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