A chieftain of the APC, Timi Frank has stated that the seven northern governors who yesterday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for second term did so for their selfish interest, not out of love for the number one citizen.
He stated that Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s remark that he has no apology for nudging Buhari to seek re-election depicts arrogance and impunity, warning Buhari that such was what aroused the anger of Nigerians against his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.
The APC bigwig said the governors, with whom Buhari had a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa on Friday, could have paid a condolence visit to their Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, over the killings in his state.
The other governors who want Buhari to seek re-election are Abubakar Bello of Niger, Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa and Simon Lalong of Plateau.
Calling on Buhari to be wary of “parasitic politicians”, Frank said on Saturday that the pro-Buhari governors, “chose to visit the Aso Rock Villa and made such demand for their selfish reason.
“Instead of these governors to advise Mr. President on how to put an end to wanton killings going on across the country, fuel queues, economic hardship and the rest, they chose to be selfish.
“Is Benue governor not an APC member? Is Benue state where 72 people were killed not part of Nigeria?
“The President should recall that the impunity and arrogance being displayed by APC leaders like el-Rufai and others by telling Nigerians that they have no apology, angered Nigerians against the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“While Jonathan has since lost power, many of those making such statements have also abandoned him. Mr. President should therefore bear in mind that these governors are not persuading him to run not because they love him but for their selfish interest.”