2023 Presidential Election: Wike Finally Admits He Supported Tinubu, Gives Crucial Reason
- Governor Nyesom Wike has finally admitted that he supported APC's Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election
- The Rivers governor said he and other PDP leaders in the state backed Tinubu to ensure the presidency returns to the south
- Meanwhile, a group of the APC in Rivers has vowed to reciprocate the gesture by voting for the PDP governorship candidate in the state on March 18
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Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Governor Nyesom Wike says he and other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state worked for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to win the February 25, poll because they want the power to return to the South.
The Rivers state governor spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting with 48 support groups in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, March 15, Daily Trust reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Wike was represented by the state’s PDP chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawo.
“Why we supported Asiwaju is so that power should return to the South. Whether Asiwaju or Peter Obi, for us the next president must be a Southerner in the spirit of equity.
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“Again, Rivers State is reconnected again to the federal government. Within the last eight years, it has been a war. Rivers State has been at loggerheads with the federal government and we said, no this war cannot continue. So, for us in Rivers, he (Wike) has reconnected us to the mainstream of governance in this country," he said.
APC to return PDP's favour in the governorship election
In his remarks, a leader of the APC in Rivers state and coordinator of the groups, Tony Okocha, said the APC support groups in Rivers state will be voting for the PDP governorship candidate, Sim Fubara in the March 18 elections.
Okocha said the move was to reciprocate Wike’s support to President-elect Tinubu.
“Your days in PDP are numbered”, Atiku tells Wike
In another report, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, accused Governor Wike of deceiving Governors Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) into committing political s*uicide.
Atiku said this in a statement released by his media aide, Phrank Shaibu, on Wednesday, March 15.
He said betrayal, hypocrisy and deception were part of Wike’s DNA and that was why he had lost relevance outside Rivers state and had become nothing but a bull in a China shop.