Lamido lacks electoral competency, says Wike’s aide – Nexus News
Former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido yesterday came under attack for slandering Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over his insistence that Dr. Iyorchia Ayu must resign as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Lamido, who spoke on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme also refuted Wike’s claim that he oversees the votes of the electorate in the Southsouth state.
But responding through a press release by Wike’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, the Rivers State government portrayed Lamido as unimportant in modern politics.
Ebiri, who disclosed figures from the last general elections in Jigawa, stated that the former governor lacked electoral competency.
He noted that Lamido’s slanders against Wike amidst ongoing reconciliation efforts had the trappings of someone planning the downfall of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Disclosing that Lamido was breaking the walls of unity in the party, Ebiri stated that no right-thinking member of the PDP would deny Wike’s contributions to the party.
The press release reads: “Under Lamido’s watch, as a governor of Jigawa State in 2015, the APC governorship candidate, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, scored a total 648,045 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Malam Aminu Ringim, who scored a total 479, 447 votes. Worst still, in 2019, governor Abubakar polled 810,933, while the PDP candidate scored 288,356.
“Such records depict that Alhaji Lamido cannot and does not have such a political following that will benefit the PDP. Those who want electoral victory for the PDP are not dampening the morale required for political offensive at APC, but Alhaji Lamido is cracking the wall of unity badly.
“Let it be told that in 2015, governor Wike, as an opposition candidate in Rivers State polled 1,029,102 votes to defeat the then ruling APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who managed to garner a paltry 124,896 votes. And in 2019, the governor also won by landslide. These are marks of political sagacity and determination to keep PDP at a leading pedestal.
“So, as the 2023 general elections beckons, we wish to advise Alhaji Lamido to redeem his battered political image by delivering Jigawa State to the PDP, if he can”.
“While, we cannot deny that Alhaji Lamido has an inalienable right to his personal opinion, we wish to declare that he, however, lacks the right to malign governor Wike, whose immense contributions to the sustenance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not in dispute.
“It is rather appalling that at a time when concerted efforts are being made by lovers of true democracy and the unity of the party, to resolve some inherent contradictions plaguing the PDP, Alhaji Lamido and his cohorts, who have since lost their relevance in the polity, are busy creating friction and schism.
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“Governor Wike, has never claimed to be custodian of the over 3 million votes in Rivers State. But as the leader of the PDP and good people of Rivers State, anyone who underates the governor’s political pedigree or dares to ignore his influence in the State and beyond, will be doing so at his own peril.
“We wish to remind Alhaji Lamido that governor Wike has never left anyone in doubt about his capacity to sway the voters in Rivers State in a direction that benefits the people and the State, in the overall. When he speaks, Rivers’ people will listen, no doubt.
“Perhaps, Alhaji Lamido thinks Nigerians are suffering from selective amnesia to have forgotten in a hurry, the role he and … played between 2014 and 2015 that culminated in the defeat of the PDP in 2015 general election.
“We hope that he is not caught up in such a scheme again to cause a repeat of that history. Otherwise, Alhaji Lamido won’t be making disparaging comments about governor Wike, whom many have described as the pillar of the PDP since 2015.
“We wish to state without equivocation that no well-meaning member of the PDP will describe governor Wike as ‘insignificant’ in the affairs of the PDP.”