The sacked National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Bashir Ibrahim, has vowed to fight former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the finish while promising him “a long and messy fight”.
The National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of the PDM had removed Ibrahim and the whole executive members on Thursday in Abuja, an action Ibrahim said was engineered by Atiku.
In a statement on Friday, Ibrahim described the dissolution of the National Executive Committee of the party as a “huge joke and a hatchet job by political contractors, sponsored by a notorious Big Man”.
Though, Atiku was not specifically mentioned, the undertone of the statement could not be lost on those who are familiar with the party.
“We all know calculations for 2019 are in top gear and he who must be President by hook or crook is, once again, at his notorious best,” he said.
“We will not allow a desperate and serial presidential candidate to destroy our party by enticing hungry members of the National Executive Committee to precipitate crisis within our ranks.”
“For the avoidance of doubt” Mr. Ibrahim said, “the National Executive Committee of PDM cannot be dissolved to pave the way for a hostile takeover of our Party by this notorious Big Man.
“This same notorious Big Man, who specializes in destroying institutions, is also responsible for the intractable crisis from which the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had been reeling lately, a party which gave him the platform to serve as a high-ranking official in its government from 1999 – 2007 only to sabotage the same government in which he was a part.
“As far as this notorious Big Man is concerned, his ambition to be President must be achieved at any cost and all casualties along the way are justified.”
Mr. Ibrahim said he was not going to bother himself with the people who announced his sack but will engage Atiku directly.
“We are going for the notorious Big Man, himself. We are ready to fight and defend the structures and integrity of Peoples Democratic Movement and we are fully equipped for this fight.
“He has picked on the wrong adversary. This will be a long and messy fight. We are tired of giving in to the impunity of this man. If he wants a fight with us, we are more than happy to give him one.
“There is a Nigerian saying, if an elder throws away his old age, the young ones will happily trample in it. Just because a politician made money in public office through shady deals, does not give him the right to set his own rules and insist everyone must play by them. At PDM we know what we are worth and what we are worth is not for sale,” he said.
According to him, “I registered this Party almost single-handedly and will not allow opportunist who are shopping for a platform to contest election to destroy it on the alter (sic) of inordinate ambition and unbridled greed. Everyone knows we do not give up on a good fight and this fight for the soul of PDM will not be different”.