Former Chief Whip of the Senate and a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Rowland Owie has slammed the ex-National Chairman of the party, Dr. Ahmadi Ali, alleging that his tenure created the present security challenge in the country where members of the Boko Haram have killed many and property destroyed.
Senator Owie who was replying to Ahmadu who had during the week castigated the Goodluck Jonathan led government as a failure, stressed that Ali as PDP National Chairman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo as President of the country created all these problems, adding that the present administration inherited them.
Senator Ali spoke on Tuesday at the Celebration of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme at 80 and at an International Colloquium organised in his honour at the Thisday Dome, Abuja.
The former PDP National Chairman had said, "This idea of six zones was an artificial creation by late Sanni Abacha to find a way of ruling the country and those crying about marginalization are just being smart. Those really marginalized are the West. The clamour for restructuring of the six zones is not relevant and amending the constitution is not the issue, but good governance.”
Senator Owie in a text message to Vanguard said, "I was amused when I read the comments credited to Col. Amadu Ali, that if government was up and doing, that there would have been no cases of massacre in Mubi etc. How could Col. Ali say that when the problems today both in government and our party the PDP were created by the Obasanjo government that forced Col. Ali on the PDP as national Chairman.
"All the ideals of the founding fathers of PDP were rubbished totally during the tenure Ali as National Chairman of PDP. How can the smoke call the kettle black? The major part of the problems of Nigeria today and that of PDP as a party, were sowed in the 8yrs of Obasanjo government and the period of Col. Ahmadu Ali’s headship of PDP.
"These problems are inherited in governance of Nigeria by President Jonathan and Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as Chairman of PDP. Was it not during Ahmadu Ali tenure as Chairman of PDP that party nominations in the PDP became who you know? Party primaries were being teleguided from Wadata plaza! His tenure as PDP chairman was a disaster.”