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- Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has urged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to consider the opinions of those around him if he hopes to be victorious in the upcoming election.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has urged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to consider the opinions of those around him if he hopes to be victorious in the upcoming election.
Friday in Port Harcourt, during the opening of the new Rivers State House of Assembly Quarters by Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila, Governor Nyesom Wike claimed that the people who are close to Atiku could end up costing him the election.
Wike claimed that while the focus should have been on strategies to help the PDP win the 2023 general election, certain people were instead busy attacking him.
This is where the attention of sincere PDP supporters, if they want their party to win the election, needs to be directed. To win the election, you should be discussing your plans to do so. Atiku doesn’t need all these freeloaders surrounding him. Instead, their goal is to ensure that he does not become president. On the other hand, if that’s what they want, I wish them the best of luck.
You can tell that I am at a loss for words. Please give me some space while I work. Those always coming up with new schemes will not be elected with the help of social media. Democracy and elections are both for and about the people. If any of your supporters are now in Abuja, Nigeria, please have them return to their homes to help you win the upcoming election. Stop bothering Wike already.
Wike also denied any involvement in the lawsuit that challenges the opposition party’s presidential ticket, stating that “mischief makers” have linked him to it.
Over the course of today morning, I’ve received numerous calls in which people have claimed that I’ve filed a lawsuit against Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. I want to be clear that I will go to court if I have a good reason to do so; nevertheless, I did not do so in this case.
“They stated I took down all PDP banners from Rivers State Government House yesterday, too,” the governor remarked. But I have to mention these things so that Nigerians will understand that I have been silent and working hard to help my party win the election in Rivers State through the fruits of democracy.
But I feel compelled to inform the candidate that it is the candidate’s own supporters who are behind these actions. Let it be known that those who are trying to tarnish my reputation through these plots are themselves the targets of the world’s attention.
I didn’t go to court since there was no need for me to. Whoever is conspiring by suggesting that I or Wike went to court should be ashamed of themselves. Each and every one of you deserves to feel shame.
I’ve already told the candidate that his or her team makes all the difference in whether or not he or she is elected. Those who know me well understand that I would have gone to court no later than two weeks after the primary, as this is a pre-election matter and cannot be litigated after the election has taken place.
The party’s attorney just called me and let me know he’s aware of the shenanigans. But he knows me so well that I wouldn’t have hired lawyers like that if I were going to court; I don’t even know the lawyers.
According to Wike, PDP supporters in the South-South actively worked to undermine the party’s chances in the region during the 2019 general election.
He claimed that the governors were spending their time plotting against him instead of working together to ensure their party’s victory in the 2023 election.
What the hell is going on in the world when I hear folks talking about PDP today? Everyone in the South and Central South betrayed us. If the odds had been against him, President Muhammadu Buhari would not have been elected in 2019.
However, all South-South states voted for Buhari, giving him a majority in 25 percent of the electoral college. I challenge anyone to prove that more than 25% of voters in any state did not choose Buhari in the presidential election held on February 23. I keep hearing about PDP these days. When under Alhaji Atiku’s leadership, the PDP should have easily won elections. Vote totals in Rivers State were the highest, and the state also provided the most logistical support. Everyone is welcome to come and dispute my claims.
What happened in 2019?, I asked Atiku the other day, referring to the governors he believes are on his side. Almost no one will admit the truth. I’ve made it clear; now it’s time to make good on your State’s promises. The name of the operation is “State Delivery.” It is not to just talk. It is not a permanent move to Abuja. Neither Abuja nor its surrounding area is where I call home.
Every day, I come here (to the Rivers) to be with my folks. The residents of Rivers need to ask for their grades. See my report card, they are the initiatives we are delivering. I’ll let them know the reasons why you support our candidate for governor. Find out why you should support the other (PDP) candidates.
Gbajabiamila said the building will be a nice place for the Rivers State legislature to meet.
He praised the project’s creators, saying that they had accomplished something worthwhile that will improve the efficiency of the state legislature.