The installation of former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as Waziri Adamawa in Yola at the weekend was without the three governor of Southeast state elected on the platform of the party in attendance sparking fresh insinuation of acrimony between them and him over his choice of Peter Obi as his running mate.
Except for the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, there was no other political stalwart of Igbo extraction including Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.
Very recently, all the governors from the region held a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhairi at the Aso Villa, a rare occurrence, which sparked rumour that have decided to work for Buhari’s election.
Their absence at Atiku’s Saturday installation may have confirmed the rumour making the rounds in some quarters. However, Chairman of South East Governors Forum, Governor Dave Umahi, responding through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said: “There is nothing like boycott. His Excellency, Governor Umahi, is currently in Lagos attending Ndigbo Lagos Foundation.
“He didn’t boycott it, rather he is attending South East assignment. His Excellency, Peter Obi, is also here. Other governors are represented and if there is anyone boycotting, it should be personal because I know South East is not fully being controlled by PDP.
“There are other states controlled by APC and APGA and there is no way South East governors could be said to have boycotted it.”