Kwankwaso, who stated this in an interview with Leadership, said it would be unfair for him to call a sitting president evil.
He said, “There was never a time I referred to Mr. President or anybody wearing a hat as evil. What I actually said was that President Jonathan has tightened the umbrella until he made a hat that only fits him and few others”.
Shedding more light on the statement credited to him, Governor Kwankwaso noted that the umbrella has been a symbol of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, since it was established in 1998 and had accommodated reputable politicians from all parts of the country, until Jonathan squeezed it into a hat for himself.
“My good friends, Rotimi Amaechi and Peter Odili as well as other Nigerians from the South-South wear hats and are also good people”, Kwankwaso asserted.
The Kano governor further decried media reports that quoted him as referring to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim and Vice President, Namadi Sambo as vultures, saying they are his good friends.
“The vultures I was referring to are the three governors who were present at the President’s Kano visit and Godswill Akpabio is one of them. He wants to be anointed presidential candidate if Jonathan fails to get the ticket, while between the remaining two, one would be made the vice president and other, secretary to the federation”.
He stated that, “Mr. President has deliberately misused the party machinery to serve his own private sentiments and favour those he feels are his kinsmen”.
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