Former minister of FCT, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has said the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) of 2003 is not the same as the one being headed by President Goodluck Jonathan presently.
El-Rufai, who recently emerged as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kaduna state described the PDP of today as a “criminal” party.
According to Punch report, the former minister said the PDP he belonged to had respect for the rules and processes but with Jonathan’s PDP, everything is different.
He said: “It is a big mistake to say that the PDP of 2003 is the same as the Jonathan’s PDP.
“The PDP that I was a member had rules and processes. Let me give you one example. As a minister of FCT, I demolished a house belonging to the Chairman of the PDP.
“Today, no minister of the FCT can touch the house of a member of the PDP National Executive Committee. The PDP in 1999 was not the same as the PDP of today. The PDP of today is a criminal PDP.
“They have no regard for rules. They say that they are Peoples Democratic Party but they have no regard for the people and democracy.
“I was minister on the platform of the PDP but I was not a minister because I was in PDP. I was a minister on merit.”
El-Rufai had earlier accused Jonathan of trying to lead Nigeria into war in order to stay in office beyond 2015, saying:
“Jonathan is leading the country into war in order not to have election in 2015 so he can enjoy additional six months or thereabouts as stipulated in the constitution.”