Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has stated that he did not openly support Labour Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi in the Feb. 25 election because no one discussed Igbo presidency with him.
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According to NAN, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, stated on Friday in Enugu that Wike made the declaration during a meeting with the socio-political group in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
According to Ogbonnia, during the meeting, Ohaneze Ndigbo confronted Wike about his alleged role against Obi during the presidential election.
He stated that Gov. Wike was surprised that Ohanaeze was on a fact-finding mission and would explain his role in the presidential election.
According to Ogbonnia, the Rivers governor, the Southern Governors Forum first met in Asaba and agreed that power must shift to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office.
He also stated that the governors would reconvene in Enugu in September 2021 to reaffirm their desire for power to shift to the South.
He stated that “the issue of presidency to the Southeast was never on the table” during the meetings.
Wike also stated that he did everything he could to keep the Southern governors in power throughout his political career.
Wike was outraged that several well-known people from the Southeast betrayed him and sabotaged the Southern interest by voting for a candidate from the north during the PDP presidential primary election.
He added that his unalloyed commitment to the South motivated him “to provide logistics for Obi when he was in Rivers for the presidential campaign”.
Wike, on the other hand, stated that he refused to even provide a campaign ground for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of his own Peoples Democratic Party.
The governor went on to say that “what is circulating on social media is the work of Wike’s adversaries.”
“I am a man with the courage of my convictions and have no reasons to tell lies or to owe an apology to anyone.
“I am always ready to defend my actions at any time and day, and I did not rig the presidential election against Obi,” Wike was quoted as saying by Ogbonnia.
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