Former Jigawa governor Sule Lamido has urged Nyesom Wike, the current governor of Rivers, to cease griping about the results of the PDP’s presidential primary (PDP).
Lamido gave a statement during a Sunday appearance with Newsmen.
Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, won the PDP presidential nomination in May after receiving 371 votes, while his closest rival, Wike, received 237.
Before Atiku chose his running partner, many thought that Wike would be his choice, but the former vice president chose Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of the Delta.
Atiku explained his decision’s justification as choosing someone he could get along with.
Later, in response, Wike said that the former vice president “told numerous lies.”
Lamido, a PDP leader, commented on the situation and recommended Wike to take a cue from Peter Odili, a former governor of the Rivers who was denied the PDP presidential ticket for the 2007 election.
In addition, Lamido advised Wike to take a cue from former transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi and vice president Yemi Osinbajo, both of whom failed to win the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary.
“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,” Lamido said.
“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.”
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