Governor Nyesom Wike’s claim that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, undermined and disrespected him in the set-up of the Atiku/Okowa campaign council in Rivers State is misleading, the council said on Friday.
Atiku/Okowa Campaign Council Tackles Wike
The spokesman of the Atiku/Okowa Campaign Council, Leloonu Nwibubasa stated this during an interview on Naija Info FM in Port Harcourt.
Nwibubasa said Wike and the state Chairman of the PDP were notified about the set-up of the presidential campaign council.
Recall that Wike had said the reason the photos of the PDP presidential candidate and the party’s National Chairman, Iyorcha Ayu, were missing from the PDP campaign materials in the state was that they did not approach him for any campaign.
But the Atiku/Okowa Campaign Council spokesman said Wike was on a personal vendetta since he lost out in the presidential primaries of the main opposition party in the country.
He said, “The governor’s statement is misleading and there is no truth in the allegations he has levelled against the PDP at the national level.
“His statement is completely misleading and we are advising the Rivers people to take notice of this that this is a product of a personal vendetta by the governor having lost out of the PDP presidential primaries.
“It has nothing to do with the PDP at the national level. We also understand that the governor has been pushing Rivers people in the direction of his own selfish interest.”
Nwibubasa, who is a former commissioner for Employment Generation under the Wike-led government, also said the governor does not have genuine supporters in the PDP.
“When the people know the truth, they will align with the truth and that is why we are speaking up. Rivers is a PDP state and whoever wants to push us from the PDP to any other party is an enemy of the state.
“I can tell you that even some of the people you said are supporters of the governor are not. They may be his supporters publicly but in their minds, they are all going to work for the PDP eventually.
“But for fear of the governor and because they hold positions right now in Rivers State, they are likely to be telling you we’re with Wike. I can tell you that no one is with Wike,” he said.
In other news, Kanyi Daily reported that two governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dave Umahi and Ben Ayade of Ebonyi and Cross Rivers States respectively visited Wike in Port Harcourt.
The two governors were accompanied by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State on the visit.
The purpose of the visit was unknown as the four governors did not brief the press after their closed-door meeting.