From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and ex- Parliamentary Liaison Adviser to late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Senator Abba Aji has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he called deliberate destruction of the party (PDP) before leaving office two months ago.
Aji who was justifying his decision to quit PDP and join the All Progressive Congress (APC), told journalists in an interview in Maiduguri, that the former president knew the future of the party was precariously bleak months before elections but deliberately decided to destroy it.
“PDP was deliberately destroyed by Jonathan. He was the greatest beneficiary of democracy in Nigeria and PDP’s 16 years of ruling in most states and at the federal level, yet he did everything to undermine the progress of the party and left it worse than he met it. He simply messed up the party,” he alleged.
He alleged that the fight against Boko Haram in the North east did not receive timely attention from the Jonathan presidency until it got out of hand.
He said the Boko Haram insurgency has forced thousands of children out of schools while their parents could not also farm. He said the social and economic impact of these challenges could be catastrophic for a state that is grappling with education backwardness even before insurgency started about six years ago.
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