The Atiku Support Organisation (ASO) has described Adamawa state chief executive Ahmadu Fintiri as ‘Judas Iscariot’ after the governor congratulated Nyesom Wike for his emergence as a minister.
Wike, the immediate past governor of Rivers state and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, was recently appointed the Federal Capital Territory minister by President Bola Tinubu.
Wike fell out with the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 general elections.
He went on to work for Tinubu during the polls and has now been rewarded with a ministerial position.
The ASO said Fintiri’s congratulatory message to Wike is embarrassing and shameful.
Victor Moses, National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, said in a statement:
”It’s embarrassing and despicable reading a congratulatory message by the Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Fintiri to the former Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on his appointment as the FCT minister. Mr Fintiri has shown the Judas in him in public.
”The choice of words in the congratulatory message proved that even before the elections, Fintiri had been an undercover agent working for Nyesom Wike to surrender the PDP to the APC against the interest of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar and the general public.
”Ex-Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, betrayed the PDP and set in rebellion against the party at a time the party needed unity and togetherness to win…the 2023 presidential election.
”Of note in the congratulatory message is where Fintiri said, ‘…I know you have worked hard to reach this point, and I’m so happy…’ ‘…you have set precedence and demonstrated exemplary leadership traits.’
”He is proud that Wike sets a precedence of betrayal and antiparty with impunity and also considers all Nyesom Wike and his team have done to undermine and try to destroy the PDP as a worthwhile course.
”The whole world watched how His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar GCON, and the entire family stood strongly in support of Mr Fintiri during the recent governorship elections in Adamawa state.
”At his most difficult time facing political onslaught from the APC, Aisha Binani, and the powers that be in Abuja, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar stood firmly by him.
”To repay his benefactor in this manner is most unfortunate. We wish to remind Governor Fintiri that political Judas will always have a date with nemesis.”
Apart from his social media congratulatory messages to Wike, Fintiri also sponsored full-page advertorials in some national dailies to congratulate the former Rivers governor.