Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike had argued that the move was a slap on the judiciary.
But Shehu, who is a spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari said Rivers state could’ve have tabled its objections to the decision via Zoom.
“I do not see the moral justification for Governor Wike’s criticism of the decision of the government to pardon Governors Dariye and Nyame at a meeting to which he was duly invited but did not attend,” Shehu said on Saturday night.
“The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo who joined the Council of State meeting virtually switched off her camera so it was difficult to determine whether she sat behind the dark screen or just walked away after first joining.
“If the Governor felt so strongly about the pardons, the right was for him or his representative to sit through the meeting and assert views. This did not do.
“A press release after the meeting is bolekaja politics.”