by Dare Lawal
Earlier on Wednesday, the ACN, through its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, released a widely circulated letter to the Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola, in which he appealed to the governor to advise President Jonathan to reschedule his “planned visit” to Lagos on Thursday.
His argument was that the visit would clash with the ACN national convention scheduled for Lagos on same day and would frustrate party members who would storm Lagos from all over the country.
It turned out that Mohammed was crying wolf over nothing.
In a response, which must be embarrassing for the ACN spokesman, presidential adviser, Reuben Abati, said that the allegation is baseless and was only another wolf crying exercise which seems to be “the sole strategy and pre-occupation of the ACN.”
Abati said the letter was “clearly a deliberate, further attempt to undermine, ridicule and debase the office of the President of the Federal Republic.”
He explained that the president is not visiting Lagos on Thursday as alleged, but only transiting through the state on his way to the commissioning of the WEMPCO Cold Roll Steel Plant in Ibafo, Ogun State.
The presidential spokesman also said that the issue of the president’s visit causing traffic in Lagos does not even arise because, President Jonathan “will only touchdown at the airport, transit to Ibafo (miles away from the ACN convention venue) by chopper and return to the airport the same way for his flight back to Abuja.”
Mohammed’s letter, in the view of Abati, was “pointless and serves no purpose other than distasteful muck-raking.”
Abati had very harsh words for Mohammed and the ACN, describing it as “strange and intolerable that any political party would as much as suggest that the President is not welcome in any state, city or local council in any part of the country at any time or date.
“We have no doubts whatsoever therefore that Governor Fashola will prove to be much wiser and more mature than the ACN spokesman, and consign his letter to the dustbin.”