A former Governor of Jigawa State, Mallam Sule Lamido, has advised the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom to emulate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and his predecessors in the state, Peter Odili, and Rotimi Amaechi, who showed maturity when they lost the presidential tickets of their parties.
Speaking in a new interview, Lamido said that it is uncultured for a younger person like Wike to say that an elderly person like the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is lying.
On Friday July 29, Wike while speaking to some journalists, said Atiku lied during his interview with Arise. He said the former Vice President lied when he was asked why he did not choose him, Wike, as his running mate.
Lamido urged Wike to know that the presidential primary is over and should accept the results in good fate as his fight is not against Atiku but the party. He said;
“A day to the PDP’s presidential convention, which Peter Odili of Rivers State was bound to win and was also bound to win the presidential election, he was stopped by the party which went on to nominate President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who did not even show interest.
He was promised a vice presidential ticket and yet he was not given. He took everything as the mature man he is.
Look at the APC, Vice President Osinbajo was humiliated; the Senate president was also humiliated and even his countryman, Amaechi was given the same treatment; they took it as mature men and did not go about complaining as Wike is doing. This is called maturity.
Do you know why? This is because the party is supreme. You cannot be bigger than your party. Party is organic. The convention has come and gone. Osinbajo, Lawan and Amaechi have shown maturity because their party has spoken. If Wike is in the APC will he be talking and behaving as he is doing now?
When I say that the party is supreme, I mean that the PDP is an organic party. Many people defected to the APC in 2015, but the PDP remained strong because it is organic with root structures; it is not a one-man party.
Wike should show maturity as the matter is no longer between him and Atiku. Atiku is now the PDP candidate; whatever he is doing now is not a fight against Atiku but the party. The party made him.”
Let him learn from his former boss, Peter Odili. He will tell him a story that is so touching because I have never seen a person who was cheated on and who was so denied as Peter Odili.
The man is so humble, so tolerant. I mean he is everything good. Wike offered himself to be elected. I came from the old order that respects political party culture. His candidate for the governorship in Rivers State was imposed by him. Others wanted to be governor; have they reconciled? The guy he imposed won the governorship ticket at the congress. Who offended Wike? Did the convention offend Wike? How? There is no reconciliation. He is a party man and after the convention, he said the process was very credible. He said so.”
On the claim by Wike that Atiku lied, Lamido said
“Even at that, it is against our culture to openly call an elder a liar. It is not part of our culture – or to call some people his attack dogs. If he has not been using attack dogs on some persons, how does he know that others are attack dogs? Wike should show maturity.”
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