Gov Nyesom Wike
Gov Nyesom Wike has disclosed that in 2014, former President, Goodluck Jonathan travelled to the UK to plead with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar following the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Wike stated this in an interview with Channels TV on Friday over the zoning crisis in the PDP.
Jonathan’s emergence as PDP presidential candidate raised eyebrows, with some party chieftains including Atiku refusing to support him. Jonathan later lost the election in 2015 to make history as the first Nigerian sitting president to lose an election.
Wike said Atiku, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal; and former Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu all rebuffed Jonathan’s pleas to rescind their decision of leaving the party in 2014.
Wike said the party’s constitution contained provisions for zoning of elective and party positions but lamented that some people were doing everything within their powers to manipulate the system.
He said: “There shall be zoning of party and elective offices. It is clear. Not ambiguous. But people will always try to manipulate the system to suit them.
“They slant stories in such a way as to deceive the public. The founding fathers know the complexity of this country. They did it in a such a way as not to have problems.
“People should not forget history. In 2013 and 2014, there was an issue of the presidential candidate. Jonathan emerged. Atiku and others walked out of the convention. Tambuwal and former Senate President all walked out.
“Jonathan did everything to talk to them. But they rebuffed him as a sitting president. President travelled to London to see Atiku, but he rebuffed him. Former Governor Babangida Aliyu admitted that they all agreed to work against Jonathan.”