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How Atiku humiliated ex- president Jonathan -Wike

Nyesom Wike, one of the Peoples Democratic Party governors aggrieved against its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the latter’s bid to curry former president Goodluck Jonathan’s favour.

TheCornet had reported that Atiku and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, had visited Jonathan to seek his intervention in the crisis between the aggrieved governors and other party chieftains against the national chairman Iyorchia Ayu.

Ayu, who hails from Benue, north-central Nigeria, has decided to sit tight despite the call on him to resign and allow a southerner take over, based on the PDP’s policy on sharing of party offices between the north and south.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Akpabu-Omudioga-Egbeda road in the state on Tuesday, Governor Woke recounted how Atiku humiliated Jonathan when the latter sought his support for the 2015 presidency. President Jonathan had, at the time, insisted on contesting the presidency against the wish of some northern chieftains of the PDP.

“What I don’t like is that we forget history easily. In 2015 when Jonathan as a sitting president won his primary, Jonathan went to London in Donchester Hotel to plead with this our presidential candidate today, Atiku Abubakar, to say ‘please, my brother, come back to the party and support me’.

“Do you know the condition they gave to Jonathan? That he should relingush his ticket not to run as president of Nigeria. That was a sitting president and presidential candidate of a ruling party. They gave him that condition, telling him to relinguish that ticket for him not to run.

“When I see some people running around and talking rubbish, they forget history easily. Today, we are not saying the presidential candidate should relinguish his ticket. We are not being selfish. We are only saying since you are now the presidential candidate, let our people take chairmanship and they say they will kill me. Is it possible?”, Wike stated.

 

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