Wike accuses Rivers elders of ganging up against him to ensure he did not emerge Atiku’s running mate
Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor, accused some elders in the state of conspiring against him to prevent Atiku from becoming his running mate.
On Monday, August 15, he claimed that they had sabotaged him because they failed to scale through the primary for the governorship candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Punch reports that he made the announcement at the 74th birthday celebration held to honor Dr. Peter Odili (former governor of the state), in Port Harcourt.
This accusation was made in a statement by Mr Kelvin Ebiri (Special Assistant to Governor on Media), and made available to journalists at Port Harcourt.
Ebiri said that the governor had stated that “On my last birthday, 12midnight, one of our elders called me that they want to see me. They came to me and said they came to wish me happy birthday.
“Then, they presented me a letter that I should run for President. All of them, including Dr. Abiye (Sekibo) signed the document.
“I said ‘okay, you people too should go and give me someone who will be governor after me.’ They all sat there, looking left and right.
“I asked them, ‘those of you who are interested to be governor should raise your hands.’ Everybody raised his hand. One person didn’t raise his hand, Senator Bari Mpigi.
“I asked why he was not interested, he replied, ‘sir, let me hold what God has given me. I don’t want to lose the two.”
Wike also noted that elders signed a document agreeing to the outcome of the governorship primaries.
However, he expressed regret that they weren’t successful and that they now claim he is pursuing a third term.
He said, “Some persons don’t know the history. They go and tell all kinds of story. But the truth is this: all of them (elders) signed the document prepared by O.C.J. Okocha that whoever I will bring, they will abide to it.
“But now, they went to Abuja, that I must not be vice president. I also read yesterday when I was in Paris, one of them saying that I told him that if they do to me what they did to Dr. Odili, that I will collapse the system.
“I am not an ungrateful person and I will never be ungrateful in my life. What is important is that I have done well as a governor. I am happy and I am leaving office a happy man.”