Kaduna state former military governor, Colonel Abubakar Umar (retd), has reportedly cautioned the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, against defectors from another party.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the former governor, urged the president-elect to be mindful of those he described as mere fair weather friends as he takes over government in May 29.
He further admonished Buhari to ignore what he described as the treacherous actions of those opportunists who were presently dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) barely two weeks after the presidential election.
“A famous political scientist once warned that the career of a politician is too uncertain to make any firm commitment to him. Although I find this warning immoral and distasteful it truly represents the attitude and behavioural pattern of most of the so called friends and loyalists of men in power. Most are mere fair weather friends. Come 29th May 2015 President Jonathan will hand over power to the winner of the 28th March 2015 Presidential election Gen Muhammadu Buhari. With this seeming loss of political power he will also lose a large retinue of friends and loyalists; people who would swear by his name a couple of weeks ago. The President like most of his predecessors will suffer the pain of betrayal. I however assure him that there are still genuine friends who will be by him through life’s challenges out of power,” he said.
The retired army officer also in the statement advised Jonathan to ignore the treacherous actions of those opportunists who are decamping from his party, the PDP to APC at this late hour.
“Let me use this opportunity to dispel the wicked rumour that my closeness with President Jonathan has always been on account of some material favours he extended to me. Nothing can be further from the truth. I swear and affirm that I have never, directly or indirectly, been awarded an oil or non – oil contract by President Jonathan or his Government, as evidence will prove later. What I received and cherish above all is tremendous respect from the President. I intend to expatiate on this in due course. Let me also express my respect and admiration for President Jonathan’s nationalistic and altruistic decision to concede and congratulate the winner even before the final results were officially announced. The President behaved like the statesman I have always known him to be, thereby saving the country assured implosion had he behaved otherwise,” he said.