A tale of two “ungratefuls”: The Presidency and Nyako bite at each other, again
Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako and President Goodluck Jonathan are not strange bedfellows. Heck, it will be hard to even find them in the same house when all they talk about is ingratitude and unfairness.
Nyako has accused the President of being unfair and ungrateful. Apparently, the President is also guilty of concentrating too much on the South-South, while ignoring challenges elsewhere. The governor is also unhappy at his treatment by the Peoples Democratic Party in spite of the ‘sacrifices’ on behalf of the President.
Speaking through his spokesman, Mallam Ahmad Sajo, he said a lot of things. Let’s break it down for you.
Because of you, I was called a dan wuta
Nyako said that the President was successful in 2011.
In his words, “President Jonathan has been ungrateful to Governor Murtala Nyako. In the first instance, you should understand that during the nominations, Jonathan contested with a son of Adamawa.
“If he won Adamawa State, the governor swam against the tides. Immediately after that, they started sending him (Nyako) text messages, calling him a kafir (infidel), dan wuta (hell bound son) and all that. They said he backed a Christian against Muslims; he went through all that humiliation.
“At the federal elections, Nuhu Ribadu is a son of Adamawa. Nyako worked for Jonathan to defeat Ribadu.
With Tukur, this party will kill itself
On his dispute with PDP HQ, Nyako said that the PDP was on a path of self-destruction.
“What we are saying is that a political party is a free association of people of like minds. And there are always ground rules for running a political party.
“What we are saying is that at the rate the party is moving, it will surely kill itself.
“Don’t forget that in the past four months, they have set up different reconciliation committees but they have been unable to reconcile because of the bottom line.
On the ‘saving the nation’ tour, it was all about the South South
Four northern governors, including Nyako, recently paid visits to three former Nigerian leaders – Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida. The other governors being Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa).
“We have said it several times that everything is tilted towards the South-South. It is not a question of Kano, Niger, Sokoto or Adamawa or just the North. Everything is tilted towards the South-South, appointments, contracts are given to militants; the issue is beyond just Kano.
“The South-West, North-West, North-East, North-Central have all been marginalised. Only last week, they approved a contract of N4bn for the expansion of the Onne Port in Rivers State with just about N1bn to the power plant in Jebba.
“If you consider all the major ongoing projects in Nigeria today, they are based in the South-South.
In response to all this, the presidential special adviser, Ahmed Gulak, said it was Nyako, who was being ungrateful to the President.
In his words, “It is Nyako, who is ungrateful to Mr. President. He did not know how the PDP came about. He was in the opposition All Peoples Party when he was brought in and handed the ticket to become governor of Adamawa State. The party mobilised the people to vote for him. You can check the records, Nyako did not mobilise votes for the President.