Why We Shunned Atiku’s Installation — South East Govs
South East governors and other major political office-holders have explained why they stayed away from the installation of former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as Waziri Adamawa in Yola, Adamawa State on Sunday.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other PDP governors failed to attend the occasion which was graced by leaders of various thoughts.
Reacting to allegations of boycott by the governors, Chairman of South East Governors Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, denied that it was a boycott.
Umahi, who responded through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said: “There is nothing like boycott. His Excellency, Governor Umahi, is currently (last night) in Lagos attending Ndigbo Lagos Foundation.
“He didn’t boycott it, rather he is attending South East assignment. His Excellency, Peter Obi, is also here.
“Other governors are represented and if there is anyone boycotting, it should be personal because I know South East is not fully being controlled by PDP.
“There are other states controlled by APC and APGA and there is no way South East governors could be said to have boycotted it.”
On his part, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State said his absence was due to previous scheduled appointments.
“Far, far from it, we are working with him. Our governor was at his event last week.
“He could not come for this one because he has two engagements today, and in fact, I am talking to you from a ceremony,” Mr. Enyinnaya Apollos, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu told Vanguard.
There is, however, 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.