I’ll Expose Atiku Soon, Governor Wike Thunders Over Comment On Arise Tv
The Governor of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike says in no distant time, reveal the awful things that have happened in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP ever since the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the party’s presidential candidate.
Embittered Wike maintained that Nigerians ought to be in the know of events perceived to have been carried out in a surreptitious manner in the party in recent times.
The governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said it has become crucial for him to speak and reveal to Nigerians the concealed activities of the party.
This is following Atiku’s live interview on Arise TV, on Friday, wherein he stated blankly that he did not reject Wike as a running mate rather he chose a candidate whom he could work with “amicably”.
Atiku said: “I didn’t reject Wike, I picked who can deliver. Wike is brilliant and tenacious. Going by history, I picked an Igbo as running mate in 2007, in 2019. I still picked an Igbo as running mate for 2023
“The committee that presented the three nominees was chaired by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom. They recommended three people, so I picked one. People should be fair to me and state the facts.”
Reacting to Atiku’s statement, Wike said: “On Atiku, I will speak soon and Nigerians will know the actual truth of all that has transpired in the PDP in recent times.”
It would be recalled that the PDP candidate had picked Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election, despite the party’s national working committee (NWC) endorsing Wike for the role.
The choice had created a fissure within the party, with a group of aggrieved stakeholders insisting that Wike should be picked.
Speaking on his choice of vice-presidential candidate, Atiku said he opted for Okowa instead of Wike because he wanted someone that could “deliver the policies of the party, and also try to unify the country”.
“Governor Wike was not rejected. Nobody was rejected in the party. But you must understand that it’s the prerogative of the candidate to pick his running mate — a running mate he believes he can work with amicably, and then also deliver the policies of the party, and also try to unify the country,” Atiku said.
“Governor Wike is a brilliant politician. He’s courageous, tenacious. I believe he has a future in the political evolution of this country. It’s not a question of rejection. Certainly, not. I think it’s too harsh a word to say that we rejected governor Wike. Certainly not.” Atiku said.