Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday declared that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, will not get his contribution to his presidential campaign activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Explaining why he is turning his back on the PDP candidate, Wike said the former vice president had appointed his enemies into his presidential campaign Council.
Naija News understands that Wike’s initial argument is that the party’s national chairman, Iyorchi Ayu, must resign.
Wike and four other aggrieved governors on the platform of the PDP had resolved to withdraw their support for Atiku if Ayu maintained his position as the party’s chairman.
Despite several moves to pacify Wike, the Rivers State Governor on Monday, while addressing party stakeholders and supporters in Port Harcourt during the Inauguration of the state PDP Campaign Rally, said the PDP candidate picked those he wants to work with in Rivers, adding that “if he wants us to work with him, if he wants us to campaign for him, he would have talked to us.”
Wike added: “They said they don’t want us to campaign for them; if anyone wants us to campaign for them, they will come and meet us. The presidential candidate has chosen enemies of the state as members of his campaign council; even I, the state’s governor, do not have any input.
“If anybody did not accommodate the interest of Rivers state, we will also not have their interest at heart.”
On his part, while commenting on the purported clampdown on Atiku’s men, former Chairman of the Board of Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumola, Senator Ledogo Maeba said Wike dissolved the board of the polytechnic because of his closeness to Atiku. However, he vowed to keep supporting Atiku.
Naija News recalls that Wike had in a public address months ago, vowed to fight whoever challenges his system.
“If anybody fights our system, we will fight the person back. Let me tell you what you don’t understand in politics. The moment you claim to be working with us and tomorrow, you shift to our enemy, we will use every might we have against you. We would even leave our enemy and finish you. So all of you who are going to Abuja to hold meetings with our enemies, I will finish you.
“You can’t come here, get contracts, make money, then go to Abuja to work against us and think I will leave you? I will not. I’m not a born-again to that level. I’m a Christian, but not a born-again to that level. If you touch me or any of my people, you will see the war,” Wike said during a briefing recently.