Monday, August 15, 2022


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused some elders of ganging up against him because they did not scale though the primary to be the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the State.
The governor explained that some of them, on his 2021 birthday, who indicated interest to fly the ticket, but failed at their bid to clenching it are now in Abuja plotting against him.
Governor Wike spoke on Monday during the 74th birthday reception organised to honour the former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili at the private residence built and donated to him by the State government in Old Government Residential Area, Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike said those elders came to him on their own accord and showed a commitment that they would stay to see through what they came to convince him about.
"On my last birthday, 12 midnight, some of our elders called me that they want to see me. They came to me and said they came to wish me happy birthday.
"Then, they presented me a letter that I should run for president. All of them including Dr. Abiye (Sekibo) signed the document.
"I say okay, you people too should go and give me someone who will be governor after me. They all sat there, looking left and right. 
"I asked them, those of you who are interested to be governor should raise your hands. Everybody raised his hand. One person didn't raise his hand, Senator Bari Mpigi. I asked why he was not interested, he replied, sir, let me hold what God has given me. I don't want to lose the two."
Governor Wike noted the elders also signed to a document that they would abide by whatever becomes the outcome of the governorship primary. 
But Governor Wike expressed the regrets that since they were not successful, they have turned around now to allege that he was pursuing a third term bid.
"Some persons don't know the history. They go and tell all kinds of story. But the truth is this, all of them (elders) signed the document prepared by O.C.J. Okocha that whoever I will bring, they will abide to it.
"But now, they went to Abuja, that I must not be vice president. I'm also aware of it.

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