A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogbonna Nwuke, has lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over his recent interview.
Atiku had, in an interview on Arise TV last Friday, said that the opposition PDP constitution does not provide for a rotational presidency.
The former Vice President added that he would soon meet with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to resolve any lingering issues between them.
Speaking on Sunday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, Nwuke stated that the former Vice President’s comment shows his arrogance and pride.
The former Rivers Commissioner for Information added that Atiku’s utterances gave him away as an arrogant and a conqueror.
Nwuke, who expressed happiness that Governor Wike had decided to respond to him, advised the governor not to reply to the former vice president.
He wondered how Atiku, who claimed he was seeking reconciliation would be making statements compounding the crisis in the PDP.
He said: “He (Atiku) has become arrogant. You can see what he said in contradiction to the PDP Constitution that talks about power rotation. He said power is negotiated and not transferred. In other words, those forces in the north that threw him up have no respect for written conventions. It is evidence of his arrogance.
“He talks about Muslim-Muslim ticket. He can see the fault in APC’s choice but he cannot see the fault in his decision after he failed woefully in 2018 to come back again and take the ticket that is meant for the south.
‘We have gone passed exchanging words with a man who is behaving like a conqueror. He doesn’t understand that politics is about trust and about building bridges, cooperation and collaboration.
We will see where that takes him.
“I am glad that the Rivers State Governor had said he would respond to him. But for me the governor shouldn’t even waste his time talking to someone, who had lost touch with reality. The world knows that what happened was strictly uncharitable. Trying to sound off on a TV programme doesn’t make sense.
“He said he wanted reconciliation but while people are waiting for some reasonable talks, he is busy compounding the issues by the way he is talking. Pride goes before a fall.”
On Atiku’s claim that he chose someone, who could succeed him as his running mate, Nwuke said the presidential candidate failed to acknowledge the dynamics in politics.
He said: “The truth is that he (Atiku) had not spoken like a democrat. In the dynamics of politics, there are things you don’t wish. There are things you don’t control. When he talks about one who would take over from him, he doesn’t seem to understand that circumstances determine the game of politics.
“It is the people that decide who will succeed who. Atiku is rather compounding the crisis in the PDP. This is not the language of a unifier and the language of one who believes in one Nigeria.
“It is regrettable that somebody whose membership of this country is based on boundary adjustment that moved his people from Cameroon to this country is sounding like one of those, who owned Nigeria. It is a pity”.