I read with disbelief and shock, an article obviously written by the national chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus which carried the byeline of his media adviser, Ike Abonyi and published on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
I waited for these few days before responding to the publication to see whether Secondus would reprimand Ike Abonyi or at least put out a disclaimer, disassociating himself from the disrespectful write-up.
His failure to do any of the above is therefore a confirmation that the PDP national chairman either wrote, supervised or endorsed the publication.
It is surprising that the national chairman of the PDP could throw decorum to the wind to publicly attack no less a personality than Goodluck Jonathan who apart from being a former president produced by the PDP, is still the leader of the party, going by PDP books.
In the article titled: “Jonathan’s 2023 Selfish Gamble,” Secondus or Ike Abonyi expressed disappointment that Jonathan has not come out to tell Nigerians and the world that he has no interest in returning to the office as president of Nigeria as well as rebuke those calling on him to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Although the PDP national chairman grudgingly acknowledged that Jonathan has become a global icon and international statesman as well as the huge sacrifices, he made in 2015 when he conceded defeat and handed over power to then Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Now President and Commander-in-Chief), he wondered why the former president is now romancing with northerners who, he said, ganged up against him in 2015.
Some water may have passed under the bridge for the heavy twist in the tongue which ostensibly is intended to appeal to certain northern sentiments. Something must have happened for him to be dining
with the same people who ganged up and threw him away, could it be that he is the man who will do their bidding now or they are setting him up for the usual use and dump?” he had questioned.
I am responding to this writeup as a Nigerian who loves and admires the former president who is also my hero. Knowing Jonathan, it would not be surprising if he told his media aides not to respond to any of such attacks. But since I don’t work for or with him, I do not bear the burden of waiting to get clearance before responding to anyone that attacked the former president, as I would continue to do, henceforth.
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