Has Wike Endorsed Tinubu? Rivers Governor Approves Stadium for APC Presidential Campaign Rally Free of Charge
- The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has permitted the use of Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia for Bola Tinubu's presidential rally
- Wike approved the stadium for the APC rally without collecting the required N5m fee prescribed by his executive order
- The APC presidential rally in Rivers state being coordinated by Tony Okocha is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, February 15
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Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Governor Nyesom Wike has given the go-ahead for the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia, Rivers state to be used for the campaign of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
This was made public by the Rivers state coordinator of the Bola Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Tony Okocha, at a press conference in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, February 8, The Punch reported.
Okocha added that Governor Wike permitted the use of the stadium without collecting the stipulated N5m fee from the campaign council, as required by Executive Order 21.
He added that all arrangements had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free rally which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15.
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“Wike in his usual magnanimity has granted the approval of an alternate venue, the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt, for the presidential campaign rally scheduled to hold on February 15, 2023 absolutely free of charge," Okocha said.
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Speaking further, Okocha said an 11-man committee had been set up to see to the successful hosting of the rally in the state.
He pointed out that the campaign committee in the state had done its homework to ensure that Tinubu wins in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng notes that Wike's gesture comes amid speculations that he has instructed his political associates to work for Tinubu in the forthcoming presidential election.
Wike is the arrowhead of the G5, a group of five aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors who are not backing Atiku Abubakar, the party's presidential candidate.
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In another report, Dr Dakuku Peterside, an APC chieftain said Governor Wike lacked popular support to help the ruling party's presidential candidate, Tinubu, in Rivers state.
Peterside who is a former director general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said this in a recent interview.
"I am not aware. I know there is so much disagreement and divergence in his team at Rivers. I bet you, Wike is playing a survival game and will not go out of his way for anybody," the APC chieftain said when asked if he was aware that Wike is supporting Tinubu.