Former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has described the book “The Accidental Public Servant”, written by former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Malam Nasir el-Rufai as “nothing but a piece of random jottings from hear-say” to deceive the unsuspecting and hapless reading public.
Ohakim, in a statement yesterday and made available to journalists, alleged that el-Rufai on pages 448-449 of the book under the sub-title “October 2010: An Attempt at humour generates unexpected furore”, deliberately chose to misrepresent both him and his administration in a sensitive matter that involved Igbo leaders.
Ohakim said: “Apart from lying that Ekwueme and other Igbo leaders were prevented from holding their meeting at a privately-owned hotel, the former minister demonstrated a crass lack of grasp of the issues in the way he muddled through the matter of security, which he himself raised. El-Rufai should have known that the ‘privately-owned hotel’ he was referring to was Modotel which, at the time of that incident, was owned 100 per cent by Dr. Alex Ekwueme. So, could anybody have prevented Ekwueme, a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and easily one of the most respected Nigerians, from holding a meeting in his private premises?”
He continued, “We may excuse el-Rufai’s ignorance on security issues because all the public offices he had held were mere appointments that gave him little or no exposure to the management of security matters.”
The former governor further stated that far more repugnant was el-Rufai’s claim that the south-east leaders were to hold a meeting “that would have resulted in a statement inimical to Jonathan’s emerging presidential ambition”.
Ohakim said that he personally took exception to that claim, as it portrayed the south-east leaders in bad light.
“I put it as bluntly as I possibly can that el-Rufai picked up the Imo issue because, as he admitted in the book, the meeting was expected to nail Dr. Jonathan. Apparently, the realization that the opportunity to nail Jonathan was aborted, still gives him nightmares almost two years later.”