- Governor Wike has revealed why he congratulated President Buhari over his victory at the tribunal
- The presidential election petition tribunal had on Wednesday, September 11, affirmed Buhari as the winner of February 23, election
- Wike, however, noted that his open congratulatory message to Buhari was more sincere than those of his colleagues in the PDP
Amidst criticisms that greeted his congratulatory message to President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory over the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, at the tribunal, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has explained the reason behind his action.
The Cable reports that he said although he crossed the party line to congratulate President Buhari over his victory at the election tribunal, his action was far better than some of his colleagues.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said his open congratulatory message was more sincere than those of his colleagues in the PDP who paid nocturnal visits to the president over the same issue.
Speaking on Thursday, September 12, during the funeral service of the mother of a PDP leader in the state, Wike said he knew many people would criticise him.
He said: “I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him than to go to his house in the night?.
“Many PDP governors go to see him in his house in the night. I have never gone and I will not go. I won’t go. We are the only state that the federal government refused to pay us our money used to execute federal projects because I don’t go to see him in the night and I won’t go.
“He is not my friend; he is not doing well, but he won in court. Should I say that the court did wrong? No. President Buhari, congratulations and carry Nigerians along. Unify the country; the country is too divided. I am saying what is right. What I will do, I will do; what I will not do, I will not do.”
It would be recalled that despite his party's position to appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court, Wike on Wednesday, September 11, issued a congratulatory message to the president.
Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike's special assistant on electronic media, conveyed the message in a statement he issued on Wednesday, September 11.
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Atiku and his party had approached the tribunal to seek the nullification of Buhari's victory at the poll. But Justice Mohammed Garuba dismissed all the grounds of the petition while delivering judgment on the matter.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Wike on Wednesday, September 11, congratulated President Buhari on his victory against Atiku at the election tribunal.
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