2023 Polls: Gov Wike Reacts to Possible Last Minute Alignment With Atiku
- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state says there is no way he would cut a last-minute deal with Atiku Abubakar
- Governor Wike says Atiku's camp has made it clear that they can win the election without him and the G-5
- He also stated that no member of the G-5 integrity group would entertain an audience with Atiku
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Rivers, Port Harcourt - Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has dismissed the possibility of an alignment with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with less than nine days to the presidential polls.
The pragmatic governor made this known on Thursday, February 16, during a media parley at his residence in Port Harcourt, monitored by Legit.ng.
He stated that neither he nor any members of the G-5 integrity group would entertain a sit down with the party's flagbearer, noting that it was too late to have a conversation to reach a truce.
Governor Wike, when asked about the possibility of a last-minute reconciliation attempt, said:
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“No, we can’t do that; it’s over! We have said it, and there is nothing anybody can do about it now. They believe they can win the election. I am not ready to sit down with anybody again.”
In the build-up to the 2023 polls, Governor Wike and his cohorts ( Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) have been at loggerheads with Atiku over the formation of the party leadership.
All five governors said it was unjust and unconstitutional for the party's leadership and its presidential candidate to come from the same region.
The G-5 governors, in view of this development, demanded the resignation of Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the party's national chairman.
When asked about the sudden silence of the G-5 governors, he said:
“Not all of us will do the talking. That others are quiet does not mean we are not together. We know what all of us have agreed.”
2023 elections: "I'm not leaving PDP for APC", says Gov Wike, reveals next move
Meanwhile, the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has reaffirmed his loyalty and commitment as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He made this known during a media round table discussion with journalists on Thursday, February 16.
Governor Wike described those who have left the party and returned in the time past as ''Buccaneers.''
2023 Elections: "Wike Has Officially Joined APC", PDP Campaign Council Declares After Tinubu's Rivers Visit
In another development, the view of the PDP's presidential campaign council is that Governor Wike has officially joined the ruling APC.
The campaign council, on Thursday, February 16, said with Wike's hosting of Bola Tinubu in Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, February 15, his stand is clear.
In a statement on Thursday, the council said Wike went to court to stop his suspension and expulsion from the PDP because of the game he had in mind to play.