The Presidency has described the criticism of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Federal Government’s pardon of former Plateau and Taraba governors, Senator Joshua Dariye and Rev Jolly Nyame, respectively, as “bolekaja” politics.
Wike on Saturday said it was difficult to explain the rationale of the APC-led Federal Government in handpicking supposed corrupt persons, make them to go through court processes up to Supreme Court and then turn around to release them in the guise of a pardon.
But reacting to Wike’s position, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said there was no moral justification for Governor Wike’s criticism of the decision of the government to pardon Governors Dariye and Nyame at a meeting to which he was duly invited but did not attend.
“I do not see the moral justification for Governor Wike’s criticism of the decision of the government to pardon Governors Dariye and Nyame at a meeting to which he was duly invited but did not attend.
“The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Banigo who joined the Council of State meeting virtually switched off her camera so it was difficult to determine whether she sat behind the dark screen or just walked away after first joining.
“If the Governor felt so strongly about the pardons, the right thing was for him or his representative to sit through the meeting and assert views. This he did not do. A press release after the meeting is ‘bolekaja’ politics.”