Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, says the recent interview granted by PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to Arise TV was filled with lies.
In the interview, Atiku said he did not pick Wike as his running mate because he wanted someone he could work with “amicably”. On June 14, Atiku announced Okowa as his running mate. Many Nigerians had strongly believed that he was going to pick Wike who seemed to have more political clout as his running mate. However, in the interview with Arise, Atiku said he did not reject Wike but that he only chose someone he could work with amicably.
“Governor Wike was not rejected. Nobody was rejected in the party. But you must understand that it’s the prerogative of the candidate to pick his running mate — a running mate he believes he can work with amicably, and then also deliver the policies of the party, and also try to unify the country. Governor Wike is a brilliant politician. He’s courageous, tenacious. I believe he has a future in the political evolution of this country. It’s not a question of rejection.
Certainly, not. I think it’s too harsh a word to say that we rejected governor Wike.”
Last week, Wike shared a tweet in which he said he would speak about Atiku soon, and that Nigerians need to know the truth about the party.
While speaking to newsmen at the international airport in Port Harcourt, Rivers capital, today July 29, Governor Wike said the PDP presidential candidate lied about how he picked Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta governor, as his running mate.
“In this part of our world, when lies are being concocted and you allow it, it becomes true fact. I have always believed that when the left speaks, allow the right to also speak. We are not getting any younger.
Since after our primaries, I have decided to be quiet because this is a party I love so much. I have not said anything. I decided to go back home to fulfill the many promises I made to the people of the state. But there comes a time that people would understand and know the true facts of things. It is not in doubt that I will speak and let Nigerians know the actual truth. Haven known the truth, whatever they decide to do with it is left for Nigerians because you can imagine, the Presiential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, when he unveiled his Vice Presidential candidtate, no right thinking person will say the speech he made on that day was fair. No right thinking lover of this party. Forget about the scavengers.
Thereafter he appeared before the Arise TV. See the statements he made. So many lies were told. And then he said I should not react to some of those issues. That would not be fair.
Assuming today I am not alive, what they ahve said will be accepted as the truth because his attack dogs, Sule Lamido, Babangida Aliyu, look at the statements they issued. Look at the abuses they rained on me. I never reacted.
It is important that as a person and for my own future to react line by line, statements made by Atiku Abubakar himself and his attack dogs. Anybody who loves me will not advise me not to react.” the Rivers state governor said
He further stated that after the commissioning of projects he has lined up, he will speak on all the issues of the PDP, the party’s Presidential primary, and other related matters.
The Governor then asked why Atiku himself has not come to see him for them to resolve whatever issues they have.
”Atiku Abubakar came to my house to ask me to support him. He doesn’t know my house again?” he asked
Watch a video of him speaking below…