As Sokoto presidential aspirants take turns in Port Harcourt, Wike calls for common front


By Codratus Godson

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was in Port Harcourt, ostensibly to condole Gov Nyesom Wike on the death of the Commissioner of Justice of the state, Emmanuel Aguma, but he used the opportunity to whisper other words not far from his presidential ambitions.

Apparently not to be outdone, Tambuwal’s precedessor,  Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, came over to Port Harcourt to equally tell Wike and Rivers people sorry over the same death. He too must have whispered some words that may not be far from his own ambition to rule Nigeria.

It must be the nature of the whispers that Gov Wike took time out to appeal to the presidential aspirants to not work against each other but to close ranks. This may mean that the aspiranst did not only speak about the dead but also about getting help to get into Aso Rock.

The mere fact that the presidential aspirants are usually not hosted by the national PDP chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, but by a sitting governor can only mean that Gov Wike is more than a state governor as far as the PDP affairs are concerned.

Bafarawa also has perfected the art of doing exactly what Tambuwal does: When Tambuwal raised a crowd in Sokoto for his defection, Bafarawa raised a ‘huger’ crowd in Sokoto; now that Tambuwal has paid a visit to the new Mecca of Nigerian politics, Port Harcourt, Bafarawa has followed suit. One hopes that now that Tambuwal has defected, that Bafarawa would not follow suit.

Now, Gov Wike has called on all PDP Presidential Aspirants to forge a common-front to sack the APC-led Federal Government. He urged all presidential aspirants to support  whoever would emerge as the PDP candidate after the presidential primary, because, according to them, power  comes from God.

He spoke on Thursday at the Government House Port Harcourt during a condolence visit by PDP Presidential Aspirant and Former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa over the death of the Attorney General of Rivers State, Honourable Emmanuel Aguma (SAN ).

He said: “What we saying is that all of us must put our heads together to remove this government that does not mean well for Nigerians.

“Power comes from God.  If God says it is you, there is nothing any man can do about it. Man can only struggle”.

Governor Wike said every member of the PDP must work as a team for the party to emerge victorious in 2019.

On the death of Hon. Emmanuel Aguma, the Attorney General of Rivers State, Governor Wike thanked the former Sokoto State Governor for  his condolence visit.

He said the burial process will begin on September 12, 2018 with a lecture on the life and times of the Late Senior Advocate of Nigeria, while actual burial will be on September 15, 2018.

The governor described the Late Attorney-General of Rivers State as a dependable ally who stood by his administration to the end of his life.

In his remarks, Former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa prayed God to grant Rivers people the strength to  bear the loss.

He said that visit was to condole with the Rivers State Governor. He said that all human beings will taste death at some point, praying God to grant the Late Attorney-General of Rivers State paradise.