The presidency, yesterday, continued its attack on the five northern governors, who have embarked on a series of consultations on how to bring an end to the internal wrangling in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing them as agents of the opposition.
It warned them against continuing in acts capable of unduly heating up the polity and distracting President Goodluck Jonathan from delivering on his promises to Nigerians.
In an exclusive interview granted Vanguard in Abuja, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Ali Gulak, also debunked claims that Mr. Jonathan signed a pact with northern governors or traditional rulers to do a single term of four years, saying if anyone was to be in the know of the existence of any such agreement, it would be him (Gulak) due to his position in the administration.
The presidential aide also berated the five governors for constituting themselves into a group to go round the country consulting with former heads of state, saying it was not their duty and more so, they were not commissioned by the party or its leader, President Jonathan.
He said: “I can tell you that the five governors do not mean well for the party and the country. They are acting the script of some elements bent on distracting Mr. President and causing confusion where none exist.
“A discernible pattern from what the five governors are doing is that their grandstanding is not about a genuine concern to put things right in the country as they claim, but how to bring down President Jonathan so that one of them can step in.
“What I can assure them is that they are bound to fail woefully because Nigerians know that they don’t have any genuine concern for the country.”
Gulak, who stated that the President was unperturbed by the antics of the governors, stated that he (Jonathan) was however unhappy over their (governors) decision to raise false alarm about the party and its leadership.
Gulak particularly reserved harsh words for Governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), who was suspended last month but was recalled barely a week after, saying they are ingrates.
He said it was painful to the leadership of PDP for the duo of Nyako and Wamakko not to show a debt of gratitude to the party which opened its doors to them when they were shut out from the All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP), thereby paving the way for them to win elections in their respective states and become governors.
He, however, maintained that despite the forces rising up against the PDP, it was still solid and predicted that the party would win the next election without any hassle.