- The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, says Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state was instrumental to Goodluck Jonathan's emergence as acting president
- He says after the death of Yar'adua, he was approached by Dickson to work out the process of Jonathan's emergence
- Tambuwal says it is not today Dickson has been working to stabilise the country
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has said Goodluck Jonathan became acting president due to the actions of some people including Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state.
Recall that Jonathan became acting president in 2010 following the death of his principal, Umar Musa Yar'adua.
The Cable reports that Tambuwal paid a condolence visit to commiserate with Dickson on Sunday, September 16, over the death of the latter's mother.
Tambuwal said he was approached by Dickson after Yar'adua's death to work out the process of Jonathan's emergence.
He said: “God has elevated you to become attorney general of Bayelsa, then a member of the National Assembly and now governor of Bayelsa state. And even in the National Assembly, you played several major roles that helped to stabilize this great country.
“I remember very well when we had to collaborate with you and work with you to ensure that our dear brother and leader, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was made the acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“To those of you who may not be aware, my brother and friend approached me being the leader of the northwest to say my brother, we have to do this in the national interest and I agreed with him. And both of us agreed and drafted that resolution that made Goodluck Jonathan the acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“So it is not today that my brother Dickson and I have been working to stabilise this country. You are a great son of the country, you are a great son of this community, you are a great son of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state said he never hated former president Goodluck Jonathan but only opposed some of his policies that were unfriendly to the progress of the country.
According to him, he disagreed with Jonathan because of some of the policies adopted by his administration.
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