How Atiku insulted President Jonathan – Gov Nyesom Wike
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the PDP may have forgotten how he rubbed ‘salt into injury ‘of former President Goodluck Jonathan when he visited him after emerging as the standard bearer of the party in 2015.
Governor Nyesom Wike spoke of the incident for the first time at the commissioning of the Akpabu – Itu-Umudioga road.
President Jonathan, according to Wike, went to the Dorchester Hotel in the United Kingdom to seek Atiku’s hand of fellowship.
He recalled how the PDP’s current flagbearer asked Jonathan, a sitting president, to relinquish the ticket to him.
Wike revealed that Atiku told the then serving president that his abdication of the ticket was the only condition for peace.
The leader of the G5 noted that people easily forget history in this country.
The Rivers Governor observed that no one has asked Atiku to relinquish the presidential ticket now that he has managed to have.
He said anxious party members, including those in the G5, have asked for Iyorchia Ayu to step aside as National Chairman in the interest of fairness, justice and equity.
But he noted that Atiku who had the temerity to tell a serving president to relinquish the party’s presidential ticket is refusing as a mere aspirant to listen to superior arguments.
Many Nigerians are reacting to the disclosure made by Governor Wike of Rivers State.
“I hadn’t any idea of this contemptuous insult on Jonathan by Atiku. It may be the reason why President Goodluck Jonathan has been lukewarm since Atiku emerged”, a top Bayelsa politician who did not want his name on print remarked.
It would be the second time in one week that Wike would unveil certain secrets that have been kept away from the public domain.
Wike had disclosed how President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the release of outstanding debts owed to South South Government’s over the years.
He hinted that he had used most of it in the execution of legacy projects and thanked the president for not allowing political considerations to be loud his sense of morality.
In Uyo on Tuesday, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Governor Udom Emmanuel reacted to calls on the social media, urging him to explain what he did with funds released to Niger Delta Governors by President Buhari.
Emmanuel spoke at a brief ceremony put together to receive new aircraft that will increase the fleet of Ibom Air.
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