The governor alleged that some favor-seekers who hang out with Alhaji Atiku were behind these schemes in an effort to damage his reputation.
Governor Wike clarified this at the opening of the Rivers State House of Assembly quarters on Friday in Port Harcourt, which was presided over by Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Nigeria’s Representatives.
“People have called me throughout this morning and said all kinds of things that I went to court against Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. I want to say categorically, if I have a reason of going to court, I will go to court, but I didn’t go to court” – Wike said.
The governor of Rivers State alleged that the PDP presidential candidate’s group was behind all of these plans, thinking they would damage his reputation.
However, Wike claimed they will be unable to do so because he is too busy enacting dividends of democracy to prevent the party from losing election in the State.
“Yesterday too, they said I removed all PDP flags at Rivers State Government House. But I just have to say these things for Nigerians to know that I have kept quiet, and being busy delivering dividends of democracy for my party to win election in Rivers State. But I want to tell the candidate, it is the candidate’s group that are doing all these things. Let the world hear, they are the ones plotting all these things, thinking that they will spoil my name, you cannot” – the governor said.
According to Governor Wike, if he had desired to pursue legal action in relation to the results of the PDP presidential primary, he would have done so within two weeks of the primary, when such pre-election considerations are taken into consideration.
“I didn’t go to court, I have no reason to go to court. But those of you who are plotting and saying that I went to court instead, for you to have come out now to say Wike went to go court, I say shame on you. Shame will be on all of you. I have told the candidate, you will win or lose this election because of people around you. Anybody who knows me know too well that if I was going to court, I would have gone to court within two weeks after the primary because it is a pre-election matter and after two weeks, you can’t go to court,” he said.
Governor Wike added that;
“The legal adviser of the party called me and I told him that he knows that there is mischief going on. But that he knows me very well, if I’m going to court, it is not those kinds of lawyers that I would have used and I don’t even know the lawyers.”
A greater challenge lies ahead, according to Governor Wike, and that is how to help the PDP win the general election in 2023. All genuine supporters of the PDP who desire electoral success should concentrate on this issue, he said.
“You’re supposed to be talking about how you will win election. All these rent seekers around him are not doing him any favour. Rather they are trying to make him not to win election. But if that is what they wished, I wish them good luck. You see that I am not talking. I am doing my work, so leave me to do my work. Those concocting ideas everyday, social media cannot make you to win election. Election is about the people and by the people. Let those in Abuja with you (Atiku), tell them to go home and campaign for you to win election. Leave Wike alone, enough is enough.” – Wike said.
Governor Wike recalled how the same individuals who suddenly claimed to love the PDP more in the South-South harmed the party’s chances of victory in the region during the 2019 general elections.
He bemoaned the fact that instead of them—especially the governors—planning how to win the 2023 election, they were spending their time making charges against him.
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