Wike finally discloses one top presidential candidate he will not campaign for

Wike finally discloses one top presidential candidate he will not campaign for

  • Governor Nyesom Wike told Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to expect the party in Rivers state to campaign and vote for him in the 2023 elections
  • He accused Atiku of picking Rivers members of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council without consulting or accommodating his input
  • Wike spoke during the inauguration of the Rivers State PDP campaign council in Port Harcourt on Monday

In what can be seen as as big blow to the ambition of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, says he will not campaign him.

Wike disclosed this while speaking during the inauguration of the Rivers PDP campaign council in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Wike rejects Atiku
Wike says he will not campaign for Atiku: Photo credit: Atiku Abubakar
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The Cable reports that Wike said Atiku Abubakar picked people from Rivers as members of the PDP presidential campaign council without any input from him.

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Uche Secondus, former national chairman of the PDP, fell out with Wike in 2021 and was ousted from office but is currently in Atiku’s campaign team, This Day Newspaper added.

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Wike said:

“The presidential candidate entered Rivers state and picked those he wants to pick without the contribution of the governor. So, they said they don’t need me to campaign for them. They don’t need Rivers people to campaign for them. Will you force yourself on them?”
“I have never seen how people will disrespect a state like Rivers state and go and choose those who are enemies of the state, without the contribution from us.
“So, let’s campaign for those who have told us to campaign for them here in the state — the governorship candidate, the senatorial candidates and others.

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“Politics is a game of interest. If nobody accommodates the interest of Rivers state, then we have nothing to do with such people. If you say that you have no interest in Rivers state, Rivers state will not have your own interest. It is only those who like us that we will like.
“I have told people who care. Rivers State has voted PDP since 1999. Of this support we have given since 1999 till now, can you mention one thing that we have gotten in this state? Can you mention one road that we have gotten? All they care about is to use Rivers state to bring votes. After votes, you push us aside. That will not happen again.”

2023 elections: Wike reveals why PDP campaign posters in Rivers don’t have Atiku, Ayu’s photos

Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the PDP presidential candidate does not want him and Rivers to campaign for him ahead of the 2023 general election.

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The Rivers state governor said this on Monday, October 24, while explaining why the photos of Atiku and the PDP's national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, have been missing from the party's campaign materials in the state.

Governor Wike also claimed that Atiku did not consult him before he picked members of his campaign council from Rivers state.

Atiku or Okowa? New twist as Wike's ally speaks on PDP crisis, reveals strong position

In another report, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, who is a strong ally to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed the limit he won’t exceed in his support for Wike amidst the lingering crisis rocking the party.

While answering questions thrown at him during an interview session, Ikpeazu stated that he won’t decide to support Wike if he decides to fight the presidential candidate of their party or his running mate.

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He however stated that if what Wike is fighting for is the inclusivity of the South like he’s currently doing, he would definitely stick with him.

Source: Legit.ng

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