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Atiku’s claims on running mate selection, others untrue- Wike

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has faulted claims raised by the former Vice president and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on what transpired before picking his Delta counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate for next year’s election, describing it as far from the truth.

Wike said that aside from the incorrect narratives, the PDP presidential candidate was also using some chieftains of the main opposition party to spread falsehood against his personality, in a bid to ensure he remain quiet and accepted narratives currently being reported and disseminated publicly.

The governor also alleged that the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu’s claim that he had reached out to him was untrue and that the chairman was part of those encouraging dissemination of the wrong narrative currently in the public.

The former presidential aspirant spoke on Friday at the Port Harcourt International Airport in the Rivers State capital shortly after he returned from a foreign trip.

He promised to make public more revelations on what transpired before, during, and after the primaries as well as the emergence of Okowa and respond to both the party’s flagbearer and the party chieftains who had allegedly maligned him.

The rivers state governor while describing some of the party’s chieftains that had allegedly accused him of being self-seeking, as Atiku’s ‘attack dogs’ one by one and line by line in due time.

According to him, I have decided to be quiet because PDP is a party I love so much. I have moved on to conclude my social contract with the people of Rivers. However, it is time to let Nigerians know the truth.”

He said posterity would not forgive him should he fail to set the record straight and promised to clear the air after the commissioning of the projects lined up for inauguration by the state government.

On the reconciliation committee set up by the PDP leadership, Wike stated that the former Vice President had yet to send any delegation to him and that when he attempted to visit, could not identify the way to his house.

He, however, said a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, met with him in Spain, although in his personal capacity, and they discussed the party’s development.

He, meanwhile, challenged anyone to identify that he or she was sent by the PDP candidate to speak to him about the issue in the PDP and the aftermath of the party’s presidential primary.

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