BY Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State said, yesterday, that his defection to All Progressives Congress, APC, was final and that there was nothing the Pre-sidency could do to truncate it.
The governor, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmad Sajoh, accused two aides of President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak and Doyin Okupe of making inflam-matory statements against him and warned them to steer clear the affairs of his state.
The two aides of the President were said to have warned the governor of the consequences of defecting to APC and threatened to use the courts to ensure that Nyako was dealt with.
But Nyako said both men displayed a high level of ignorance about the political situation in his state and that it tended to cast aspersion on the highest office in the land because of their unbridled tongues.
Nyako said: “The good thing about Gulak’s statement is that he displayed so much ignorance about Adamawa State in the paucity of his knowledge. When you have an ignorant opponent, you are as good as having no opponent at all.
“How could a person like Gulak, who was mentioning ethnic groups in Adamawa State, claim that Gella my home town and Pakka Wilberforce, Juta’s home town are also ethnic groups in Adamawa State?
“How could such an ill-informed person pose any threat politically? He does not even know the terrain or the people he is talking of.
“The comfort of his political exile in Abuja and the spoils of his office made it difficult for him to appreciate the ethnic composition of his home state. How then does he intend to mobilise them for Jonathan’s 2015 project? Well, we wait to see.
“It is only by the misfortune of a captive Presidency that a man who lost dismally in an election in the FCT, and scored only two votes in the nomination process in his home state will emerge the nation’s adviser on politics.
“What politics does he know if he cannot advise himself to make any political impact?
“Gulak cannot win even his unit in Gulak, Madagali Local Government Area. Yet he is the one planning how a President will emerge in 2015.
“And if he does not know the ethnic configuration of Adamawa his home state, how will he work out the political configuration of Nigeria as a nation?”
On Okupe, Nyako said it was unfortunate for Jonathan to engage him as one of his media advisers, since he is not in touch with the current realities in Adamawa and Nigeria.
The governor said: “Okupe is as empty as his boastful words, totally devoid of any substance or values. It is unfortunate that people like Doyin Okupe could be brought to Abuja from Lagos, where they have lost all relevance, for the sole purpose of insulting others who are seen as enemies of a Presidency that has been blinded from the realities on the political landscape.
“One could easily see the negative impact of the likes of Gulak and Okupe at the corridors of power in Nigeria. In the past they were playing the role of court jesters, who were amusing the President.
“Today, they are playing a more negative and dangerous role of ‘hate mongers’, raining insults on real or imagined enemies, and masking all truth and reality from the President, turning the Presidency into an instrument of tyranny.”