The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that he had no agreement to work for the candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded presidential election, Peter Obi.
Wike, who revealed this in a media chat with selected journalists in Port Harcourt, while reacting to the allegation leveled against him that he worked against Obi during the last election, said, I never told Rivers state people to for a candidate, I told them to vote for the unity of Nigeria.
“I take exception to Peter Obi’s comment that I came out against him. People are not being sincere, People are not being appreciative.”
While speaking further, he explained how he single-handedly choo Obi to be a running-mate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 2019, against the wish of all other party chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“In 2019, ask Peter Obi, I was part of the team that chose Peter Obi to be the vice-presidential candidate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. When we met at Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s house, he said these are the names and we chose Peter Obi.
“While we were at (Bukola) Saraki’s house in the night, I was fought by people like Ike Ekweremadu and my friend, people like the governor of Ebonyi state, people were like why must I be the one to choose Peter Obi, why must I choose for the candidates?
“Did he come out to say Governor Wike was the one who supported me to be the vice-presidential candidate?
“When he said I came out against him, it is unfortunate because nobody has ever heard me during my campaigns saying don’t vote for Peter Obi, I never said so. But even if that is the case, that I didn’t support you, you cannot say that I came out against you. I didn’t have any agreement with you in the first place,” he said.
Recall, Peter Obi lost the last presidential election to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who defeated his two closest rivals, Atiku and Obi, after scoring 8,794,796 votes, while Atiku and Obi polled 6,984,520 votes and 6,101,533 votes respectively.
However, both Atiku and Obi have since rejected the outcome of the election, saying they will seek legal redress to reclaim their ‘mandates,’ but Obi took a swipe on Wike, alleging that he worked against his victory, in the election.