Afenifere Blasts S/East Govs For Shunning Atiku’s Installation
Says ‘gauge your people’s mood’
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has lambasted the South East governors and other major political office-holders for shunning the installation of former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as Waziri Adamawa on Sunday.
Afenifere urged the South-East governors to gauge the mood of their people before embarking on the game.
ElombahNews had earlier reported how the South East governors and other major political office explained why they stayed away from Alhaji Abubakar’s installation as Waziri.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other PDP governors were among those who failed to attend the occasion.
Reacting to the development, Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin said:
“When the candidate of their party went to Enugu State, they were not there.
“A week after they went to the Villa to ask the President to do for them in three months what he could not do for them in three and half years.
“Now, they have an event in Yola and they were not all there.
“The advice to those governors is for them to gauge the mood of their people because there are some of them seeking re-election for a second term.
“Before they start this game, they should try and gauge the mood of their people properly.”
Presently, there is palpable fear that the South-East political leaders are yet to come to terms over how Atiku sat with political leaders from other geopolitical zones to decide on the choice of Mr Peter Obi, saying they heard of the pick just as every other person.
Their absence, on Sunday, sparked fears of apparent disaffection within the party.
Dignitaries that attended the turbaning ceremony of Atiku Abubakar as Waziri Adamawa yesterday include former president, Goodluck Jonathan the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Lamido of Adamawa, Alh. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by proxy.
Obasanjo, at the ceremony projected Atiku’s capacity to lead, saying he would not disappoint Nigerians.