PDP 2023: Wike Speculates Defeat For Atiku, Denies Filing Suit To Challenge Presidential Ticket
Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has hinted that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may lose the presidential race in 2023.
Wike spoke in Port Harcourt during the inauguration of the Rivers State House of Assembly Quarters by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday.
The governor warned Atiku to be mindful of people around him as they may lead to his defeat in the game, adding that some people were going after him (Wike) instead of focusing on how to win the 2023 general elections for the PDP.
“This should be the focus of all true lovers of PDP who want electoral victory. You’re supposed to be talking about how you will win the election. All these rent seekers around him (Atiku) are not doing him any favour. Rather they are trying to prevent him from winning the election. But if that is what they wish, 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 win elections. Election is about the people and by the people. Those in Abuja with you (Atiku), tell them to go home and campaign for you to win the election. Leave Wike alone, enough is enough.”
Also, Wike denied filing suit to dispute Atiku’s presidential ticket, arguing that mischief makers were associating it to him.
“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 to go to court, I will go to court, but I didn’t go to court.
“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 been 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, they can not.
“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, saying Wike went to 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.
“The legal adviser of the party called me and said 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; I don’t even know the lawyers.” he added.
The governor added that during the 2019 general elections, the people claiming loyalty to the PDP in the South-South destroyed the party’s chances in the region.
“When I see people talking about PDP today, I say to myself what is going on in this world. In the South-South, they all betrayed us. President Muhammadu Buhari wouldn’t have won the 2019 election because he wouldn’t have had the spread.
“But all the States in the South-South made Buhari to have 25 percent. It was only Rivers State that did not give Buhari 25 percent, I am challenging anybody on it. Today, I see people talk about PDP. When we were supposed to have won election in PDP under Alhaji Atiku. Rivers State gave the highest votes, Rivers gave the highest support in terms of logistics too. Let anybody come and contradict me.
“I told Atiku the other day, I said to him, all these governors that you think are working with you, what happened in 2019? Nobody wants to tell the truth. I have said it, everybody, go to your State and deliver. It is called ‘Operation deliver your State’. It is not to just talk. It is not to stay in Abuja. I don’t stay in Abuja, I don’t sleep there.
“I am here (Rivers) everyday with my people. I will tell Rivers people to demand a report card. See my report card, they are the projects we are delivering. I will tell them to see why you will vote for our governorship candidate. See why you will vote for all the other (PDP) candidates.” Wike said.
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila remarked that the facility would render a conducive accommodation for members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
He commended the project as an excellent accomplishment that would influence the performance of the legislature in the state.