The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that President Bola Tinubu is planning to reward the former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, with a ministerial appointment.
The Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atiku, Phrank Shaibu, in a statement signed on Sunday night, said that presidential election results in states like Rivers showed that the election was far from being credible.
He said, “It was tragic that Tinubu was planning on rewarding former Governor Nyesom Wike with a ministerial portfolio despite the accusations of rigging levelled against him as well as a pending petition against the former Governor which has attracted nearly 300,000 votes.
“The Presidential election in Rivers State was clearly rigged as evidenced by what INEC has uploaded on IREV. So far, nearly 300,000 Nigerians have signed a petition on change.org demanding visa bans against Governor Wike.
“Tinubu is now on the verge of appointing Wike as a minister as a reward for that disgraceful election. What a shame. And this is the character who claimed to have fought for the actualisation of June 12?”
“I call on the United States and the United Kingdom to speed up the process of imposing visa bans on election riggers.
“They should also reveal the identities of those implicated in election rigging especially staff of INEC and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.”