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General News of Monday, 1 August 2022


You cannot be bigger than your party; be matured - Sule Lamido tells Wike

Mallam Sule Lamido and Nyesom Wike Mallam Sule Lamido and Nyesom Wike

Former Governor of Jigawa State, Mallam Sule Lamido, has advised the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom to learn from his predecessor, Peter Odili and other aspirants who were denied the presidential ticket of their party.

He advised Wike to show maturity and desist from making unflattering comments about the Party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

In an interview with Arise TV, Lamido said that it is uncultured for a younger person like Wike to say that an elderly person like the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is lying.

“It is against our culture to openly call an elder a liar. It is not part of our culture – or to call some people his attack dogs. If he has not been using attack dogs on some persons, how does he know that others are attack dogs? Wike should show maturity," Lamido said.

Recall that on Friday July 29, Wike said Atiku lied during his interview with Arise TV. He said the former Vice President lied when he was asked why he did not choose him, Wike, as his running mate.

“A day to the PDP’s presidential convention, which Peter Odili of Rivers State was bound to win and was also bound to win the presidential election, he was stopped by the party which went on to nominate President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who did not even show interest.

He was promised a vice presidential ticket and yet he was not given. He took everything as the mature man he is.

Look at the APC, Vice President Osinbajo was humiliated; the Senate president was also humiliated and even his countryman, Amaechi was given the same treatment; they took it as mature men and did not go about complaining as Wike is doing. This is called maturity.

Do you know why? This is because the party is supreme. You cannot be bigger than your party. Party is organic. The convention has come and gone. Osinbajo, Lawan and Amaechi have shown maturity because their party has spoken. If Wike is in the APC will he be talking and behaving as he is doing now?

When I say that the party is supreme, I mean that the PDP is an organic party. Many people defected to the APC in 2015, but the PDP remained strong because it is organic with root structures; it is not a one-man party.

Wike should show maturity as the matter is no longer between him and Atiku. Atiku is now the PDP candidate; whatever he is doing now is not a fight against Atiku but the party. The party made him.”

Let him learn from his former boss, Peter Odili. He will tell him a story that is so touching because I have never seen a person who was cheated on and who was so denied as Peter Odili.

The man is so humble, so tolerant. I mean he is everything good. Wike offered himself to be elected. I came from the old order that respects political party culture. His candidate for the governorship in Rivers State was imposed by him. Others wanted to be governor; have they reconciled? The guy he imposed won the governorship ticket at the congress. Who offended Wike? Did the convention offend Wike? How? There is no reconciliation. He is a party man and after the convention, he said the process was very credible. He said so.”


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