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Absence of S-East Leaders From Atiku’s Installation Heightens Anxiety
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 PDP governors among others, Vanguard reports.
The ceremony graced by other top PDP members however met the absence of Deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu, 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 Namadi Sambo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo, Seriake Dickson, Darius Ishaku, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Udom Emmanuel of Gombe, Bayelsa, Taraba, Kwara, and Akwa Ibom states respectively.
Moreso, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; PDP Board of Trustees chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin; two-time governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; former Chief of Army Staff, General Kenneth Minimah (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.