Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Board of Trustees, has criticized the claim that Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, met with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, in France.
According to Daily Trust, the governor of Rivers State’s flirtation with APC and Labour Party (LP) leaders has caused controversy among the main opposition group.
There has been an unsettling calm in the main opposition party since the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, chose the governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, on June 16.
Wike, who finished second in the presidential race, had been recommended to Atiku by a panel. But despite the advice, Atiku chose Okowa. As a result, he was pitted against the governor of Rivers State and those who supported him.
Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, chastised Atiku on Wednesday for tossing out the committee’s suggestion.
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“Fourteen of us in the committee said the person should be Nyesom Wike. Unfortunately, Atiku picked Okowa in is his wisdom. You cannot ignore a decision of a committee you set up yourself and expect people to be happy,” he said.
Similar to this, Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, argued that the country’s next president must come from the south.
APC leader Joe Igbokwe alleged on Facebook on Thursday that Wike and Tinubu met in France. The assertion increased rumors that the governor of Rivers State will soon join the APC.
Maina, a former minister of police affairs, responded by claiming that he had seen the governor of Rivers State on Wednesday in Istanbul, Turkey.
” Governor Wike came directly from Nigeria to Istanbul, Turkey. He did not go to France as speculated. This is to debunk the propaganda of the APC through Igbokwe. This is fake news orchestrated by the sinking ruling party, which is on its way out,” he said in a phone chat today.
Asked what their mission was to Istanbul, he said; “What is your business with our mission? We came to rest after our national convention. Of course, as a political animal, I do politics anywhere I find myself.”