PDP Crisis: Wike Finally Opens up on Arrest of 30 Members of Atiku’s Campaign Team, Reveals Truth
- The internal crisis rocking one of the nation's main political parties seems to be festering as the presidential elections draws nearer
- The latest development is the alleged arrest of 30 members of Atiku Abubakar's campaign team by Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike's
- Reacting to the allegations, the Rivers government noted that the claims are mere allegations against a sitting governor
Rivers State Government has exonerated Governor Nyesom Wike from the arrest of members of the Atiku Abubakar Support Organisation.
Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been having a running battle with the governor of Rivers state after defeating Wike to clinch the party’s presidential candidate ticket last year.
On Sunday, February 5, there were reports that about 30 members of Atiku's campaign organisation were arrested by armed policemen during a meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
Wike's camp reacts
Reacting to the allegation on Monday, February 6, 2023, the state commissioner for information in Rivers State, Chris Finebone said it is illogical for the support group in the state to link Governor Wike to whatever issues it may have with the police.
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Finebone told Channels Television that the allegation is one of the instances in which people find it convenient to point an accusing finger at a government in power.
Although the commissioner did not confirm the arrest of the organisation’s members, he said if people have infringed on the law, the security agents must act to maintain peace.
Tinubu or Peter Obi? Wike Reportedly Tells LGA Chairmen, Aides, Others, Presidential Candidate to Work For
The Rivers state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Council alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike is backing the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the forthcoming election.
The Nation reported that the council made the allegation in a letter dated Wednesday, February 1.
The campaign council further alleged that the Rivers state governor had already directed all local government chairmen, his aides and party executive members to deliver Tinubu at the poll.
2023 elections: Wike speaks on preferred presidential candidate
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Wike berated those questioning his decision regarding the presidential candidate of his choice.
Wike on Wednesday, February 1, disclosed that he never mentioned to anyone that he would announce his preferred presidential candidate on camera.
The PDP governor who is at loggerheads with the party's flagbearer Atiku, had earlier said that he would reveal his choice candidate for the 2023 poll by January.