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Absence of S-East Leaders From Atiku’s Installation Heightens Anxiety

Absence of S-East Leaders From Atiku's Installation Heightens Anxiety

The South- East Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party were reportedly absent during the installation of their presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the Waziri of Adamawa.

This is following mutterings that the South East leaders are displeased with Atiku’s choice of Peter Obi as running mate.

The ceremony that held on Sunday November 26, was graced by President Muhammadu Buhari by proxy; former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, five governors among others, Vanguard reports.

The ceremony graced by other top PDP members however met the absence of Deputy senate president , all three PDP governors and other prominent political leaders of the South East.

Speaking at the ceremony, former president Obasanjo,  reiterated Atiku’s capacity to lead, saying he would not disappoint Nigerians.

The only notable South-East leader was the one-time Atiku aide, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who served as deputy speaker of the House of Representatives after a stint as an aide to Atiku as vice-president, Vanguard reports.

Other dignitaries present at the installation of Atiku as Waziri Adamawa were former Vice President , , , Governors Ibrahim  Dankwambo, Seriake  Dickson, , and Udom Emmanuel of Gombe, Bayelsa, Taraba, Kwara, and Akwa Ibom states respectively.

Moreso, PDP National Chairman, Prince ; PDP Board of Trustees chairman, Senator ;  two-time governor of Kano State,  Senator ; former Chief of Army Staff,  General (retd); ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi; the lawmaker representing Bayelsa East, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce; immediate past governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and erstwhile governor of Adamawa State, Boni  Haruna among others, were present.

 

 

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