OVATION Writer, DELE MOMODU Tells Metropolis Folks
OVATION Writer, Bashorun Dele Momodu has revealed why Gov. Nyesom Wike has stopped speaking to him. He has additionally revealed why he didn’t help Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the past Presidential marketing campaign.
In a current interview with Metropolis Folks, he mentioned: After Gov. Nyesom Wike stopped speaking to me for months, I known as a kind of near him. I known as Adoke, the previous Legal professional Normal & Minister of Justice. I do know they’re shut and I requested him: what’s going on? Why is that this my brother ignoring me? That is somebody who we just about keep collectively from morning until night anytime I am going to Port Harcourt to see him. And we now have that mutual respect. After which Adoke known as Wike. And mentioned to Gov. Wike. “Dele Momodu is just not comfortable ooo. He feels you might be ignoring him. And instantly, Wike known as me. He mentioned, Dele, why would you suppose so. You already know me. You already know I don’t fake. If I’ve something in opposition to you, I’ll inform you. I mentioned, however it’s unusual. You don’t decide my calls. He mentioned No, no, no, I don’t prefer it you imply you possibly can’t vouch for me. So even when I die at present you won’t be able to say issues that I can do and issues I can’t do.” “After, he went again into his shell. Then, I began travelling around the nation and I felt properly, at my age, my life doesn’t rely upon anybody besides God. So, if I used to be anticipating my pal to help my goals and I used to be additionally able to help his goals. No issues. As a result of what I had anticipated him to say was: I’m operating. After which between us, we are able to agree, perhaps I’ll resolve to step down due to him or one thing. However he refused to debate it with me”.
“So, the following time we met was after we had been doing our screening on the PDP Nationwide Secretariat in Abuja. As he walked in that day, and he noticed me, we had been like outdated buddies. The truth is, there have been governors within the room. Considered one of them was Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom. Instantly, Gov. Wike noticed me, he shouted Haaa! Dele Momodu. He embraced me. He was very excited. Even Gov. Udom mentioned, I assumed you wished to greet me first. That’s the form of relationship that I’ve with Gov. Wike. Then he mentioned lets meet within the night at Rivers Governors Lodge. Once more, he disappeared after that. I began calling him, he didn’t decide”.
“So, I mentioned No downside. However I carried on with my very own programme. I travelled around the nation to see the Sultan, the Emir of Kano and to see our occasion elders. That was it”.
“Then, because the occasion primaries was coming, a kind of I went to see was former Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose at The George Lodge, in Ikoyi. After I received there he mentioned Bros, me, I don’t deceive individuals ooo. Me, I’m completely for Wike. Wike is the following President of Nigeria oooo. I mentioned How? He mentioned Noo. There may be nothing I can say. Wike is in charge of in every single place and every little thing. And there may be nothing that may change that. I mentioned okay, he’s my brother if he turns into President I’m okay with him. There isn’t any downside”.
“However from what I do know, there will probably be each effort to cease him. No person listened to me. So, we went to the primaries and what occurred, occurred and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emerged the winner. And all hell went free. The truth is, the way in which one of many former Presidents of Nigeria, described it to me is that Wike is inconsolable. That was the first time I first heard the outline of his anger. He went completely ballistic. And we saved hoping in opposition to hope that he would quickly settle down. He didn’t.
And, in equity to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, he is an ideal Gentleman. He’s a consumate democrat. He went all out. He didn’have a look at age. He didn’t have a look at his standing. He went all out. He went so far as London to go and meet with Wike and the G5 Governors. They’d dinner. If you’re quarelling with any individual, and the particular person involves you to enchantment to you received’t you rethink your stand? Okay. He mentioned they made guarantees to him which was not fulfilled, that they mentioned they had been going to make him Vice President. However what you additionally must know in politics is that this. No 1. If a Governor Tambuwal had stepped down. There isn’t any means you’ll not take his curiosity into consideration. If actually, as Wike claims, Dr. Iyorchia Ayo had helped Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, do you count on Atiku to develop into his albatross? No.”
“I do know as an insider that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was by no means determined. Atiku had wished to work from the start with Wike, however after it appeared every little thing was okay and prepared, then Wike began operating his personal present. And a part of what Alhaji Atiku Abubakar mentioned was that if the occasion decides to zone, to the South, I’ll help it being zoned to the South East. He had all the time believed that the South East was marginalised and that’s the reason he picked his operating mate all the time from that axis, even Gov. Okowa that’s from Delta is just about an Igbo man. His identify is Ifeanyi Chukwu.”
“So, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a mushy spot for Igbo individuals. He married from the place. He has kids from the place. He mentioned if my occasion decides, I can’t run. What now occurred is that Governor Otom and the remainder of them made positive that they threw open the factor so that it’ll accommodate Wike & others.”
“I bear in mind the day I purchased my very own kind, I used to be one of many individuals who challenged them that: why are we shopping for the shape when you haven’t decided the place the zoning would go. What if zoning goes in opposition to the place I come from, are you going to refund my cash?
“However, as a result of every little thing was being tailor made for Gov. Wike, all of us grew to become helpless. So, he had all the time been the one controlling the occasion for years now. The Chairman of the occasion he’ll carry him and convey him down. One other Chairman will come and he’ll carry him and when he’s drained or when he isn’t glad with the particular person, he too will go. It occurred to his personal brother, Prince Uche Secondus.”
“And he is aware of after all, that even in the event you take away Ayu on the time he known as for Ayu’s elimination, as a result of Ayu is a Northerner and the Presidential candidate is a Northerner, that one among them needed to come from the South, he is aware of that the Structure of the occasion says in the event you take away the present Chairman, the one who will substitute him will nonetheless come from the identical axis within the North. And that’s what occurred now. You may see that our new performing Chairman can also be a Northerner. And so that you can do a correct efficient elimination, you have to a Nationwide Conference, in the midst of a Presidential marketing campaign. Who may have the time and the assets to do such a factor. These had been some of the problems we had been addressing. After all, he received very indignant that I conform to work for Atiku Abubakar.
I don’t know what’s flawed with that. No 1. I didn’t beg for a job from Wike, identical to I didn’t beg for a job from the PDP Presidential Council. Alhaji Atiku personally name me to inform me that everyone is mentioning my identify as the perfect particular person to run the Directorate of Strategic Communications. And that is one thing that has to do with my career. It has nothing to do with Politics. I used to be out there for my occasion. What would you like me to do? To observe you sheepishly. There are individuals who had been able to observe him. He had greater than sufficient, however I selected to not be one among them. That’s my proper. I will probably be 63 on Could 16, 2023. At 63, if I’m not in a position to take choices then what method of grownup am I? What method of chief won’t be impartial minded. I’m a really independent-minded particular person. I bear in mind once I met Mrs. Tinubu on the Funeral of Mrs. Kemi Nelson, and he or she requested me: Do you imply you aren’t going to marketing campaign for my husband? I instructed her very politely, I’m in PDP. I can’t bounce away from PDP as a result of my pal is operating in APC. And I stand by my resolution. I’ve by no means been in the identical occasion with them. No person complained then. They had been in energy in Lagos for 8 years, did they see me there? No. I run my present. I maintain Asiwaju in excessive esteem, however we’re simply not in the identical occasion.”
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