By Ben Agande
The shoddy handling of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s trip to Sokoto, weekend, where he received former Governor of the State, Attahiru Bafarawa into the Peoples Democratic Party may have been final straw that broke the camel’s back for the former Chief of Staff to President Jonathan, Mike Oghiadohme.
But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati who confirmed Oghiadohme’s resignation said it was to enable him seek higher political office within the Peoples Democratic Party.
He also debunked an online media report that the former Chief of Staff was sacked because of his involvement in an alleged fraud at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Vanguard gathered that though the President had been inundated with series of allegations against the former Chief of Staff, the Sokoto incidence was the last the President could take.
A source at the Villa told Vanguard that the Chief of Staff failed to inform the Governor of Sokoto State, Magatakarda Wammako of the President’s visit to Sokoto as protocol demands. Instead, he was said to have informed the Deputy Governor, Muktar Shagari who unlike the Governor refused to decamp to the opposition All Progressives Congress.
Despite not formally informed by the President’s Visit, Governor Wammako allegedly directed that every thing must be put in place to ensure that the President’s visit was successful.
The President was however, received at the Airport by the Deputy Governor, Mukthar Shagari, though the Governor was in town.
President Jonathan was said to have been angry that at a time everything was being done to woo some of the aggrieved governors who left the PDP back to the Party, deliberate obstacles are being created by some of his close aides.