- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has revealed what he would have done to clinch the presidential ticket of the opposition PDP
- The PDP chieftain disclosed that he made the bold step of laying low and accepting his fate after Governor Aminu Tambuwal stepped down for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
- Wike, however, called on his supporters to remain calm, describing his loss at the PDP presidential primary as the will of God
On Monday, May 30, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state said he could have scuttled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary on Saturday night, May 28, but that he allowed peace to reign, Premiums Times report.
The primary was held to elect the presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 general election.
Wike made this assertion at a ceremony organised in Port Harcourt to welcome him from Abuja after the party’s presidential primary where he was floored by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
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“If I wanted to scuttle the convention, I would have done that and I told them. There are people you think they are human beings but they are not human beings."
“I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody had spoken, it is only at that point he was speaking that he can say I have withdrawn. You don’t call him back.
“I just decided that this our party must not be destroyed. I would have left where I was sitting down and say this convention cannot go ahead except you allow me to talk. I would have flattened him.”
Wike speaks on Tambuwal's last-minute move
Governor Wike vented his anger on the party leaders for allowing the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to speak for a second time after exhausting the time allotted for each aspirant to address the delegate.
The development, Wike said, violated the convention’s procedures and guidelines.
Political analysts believe Wike could probably have scored more votes if not for the last-minute withdrawal of Tambuwal from the primary.
After PDP presidential primary, Atiku holds crucial talks with Wike
Among those in attendance was the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose.
Giving his opinion, a social and political commentator, Dozie Ugochukwu, who spoke with Legit.ng on the meeting claimed that Atiku's visit was not a cordial one.
PDP presidential primary: List of aspirants who had zero vote
Nigeria's lead opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, May 28, elected its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.
Before the election, 17 aspirants had paid N50 million for the PDP's nomination and expression of interest forms.
However, two aspirants were disqualified while three others, Mohammed Hayatu-deen, Aminu Tambuwal, and Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze withdrew from the race, leaving 12 contenders.