Immediate Political Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, has denied ever defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Gulak, who was reported to have openly decamped to APC on Wednesday along with other PDP chieftains in Yola, told Vanguard in Abuja on Thursday that he was not present at the venue of the ceremony and that his name was fraudulently used to score cheap political points.
“I want to say that I will remain a staunch PDP member despite the loss of the presidential election by our great party. Rather than defect to the APC, I will join forces with like-minded Nigerians to make the PDP to bounce back in the years to come,” Gulak said.
The Adamawa-born lawyer, said that even though the PDP lost the presidential election, it was not justified for its members to hurriedly desert the party for the APC, accusing the defectors of betrayal and dishonesty.
Gulak said that he had before now drawn the attention of Mr. President to the fact that many of those who were brought into the PDP as key members were actually enemies and not committed members willing to work for the success of the party.
He said his views were not however taken seriously because of those who were working hard to tarnish him before the government and get him out of sight.
Gulak said the PDP lost the last election because of the unresolved nomination crisis that arose from the imposition of anointed candidates by top officials of the party in all the states of the federation.
The former presidential aide said: “In the first place, the PDP did not see the crisis created in all the states of the federation. The party did not go into that election as a united entity as expected.
“Across the country the nomination process was contrary to the party constitution. You could see that in some states, the candidates were imposed on the party and that alienated party faithful from the party and caused more division for the system.
“As human beings, not many will take time to think. But we have now seen where the party went wrong and we have to return to the drawing board with a view to winning in 2019.
We are going to see who played what role in the current crisis and if need be we may ask those culpable to step aside and new hands will take over to rebuild confidence and enhance its winning power in the next election,” he said.