A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor in one of the northern states is biting his finger after a deal he struck with some foot soldiers of President Muhammadu Buhari in the build-up to the 2019 presidential election went awry.
As part of their efforts to ensure victory for Buhari in the election, the President’s men were said to have approached the former PDP governor, asking him to support their candidate’s re-election bid with a promise that the former governor would be appointed as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
With the end of the first term of the Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, only a few months away, the former governor considered the proposal a good and realistic deal. He had no problem agreeing to it, particularly because he believed that his pedigree eminently qualified him for the position.
His moves thereafter were said to have aroused the suspicion of his party members but he kept assuring them that he had no deal whatsoever with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidential Villa in particular.
The election came and APC won the state hands down. His party, the PDP, was livid, with many of the party’s top shots accusing him of betrayal.
Today, he is not in the good books of the PDP and the powers that be in the party while the APC and the Villa have since sidetracked him with Buhari renewing Emefiele’s appointment.
Now an outcast in the PDP, the former governor is said to be feeling terribly bad, wondering if he had not been used and dumped.