Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike says the rumour that he and other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors travelled to Europe to determine the party’s 2023 presidential and vice candidates is ridiculous.
The governor accused those behind the rumour of deliberately sowing the seeds of discord in a bid to ruin the chances of the PDP in the 2023 general elections.
Governor Wike, on Thursday in Port Harcourt, said PDP governors have been inundated with calls following a text message being peddled by a chieftain of the party, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, that some governors had embarked on a weeklong trip to Europe to determine those who will be the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the party in 2023.
The Rivers state governor implored Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who he described as a well known political strategist, to rein in Chief Dokpesi from spreading dangerous rumours capable of polarising stakeholders in the party.
“I have always said to people in PDP; nobody should cause a division among the governors. We are trying as much as we can to build the party back and see that in 2023 PDP takes over governance. But, I have some suspicion that people like Raymond Dokpesi are not sincere to the Peoples Democratic Party, and I think I’m convinced that Raymond Dokpesi appears to be working for APC.
“I don’t understand where Raymond Dokpesi gets this information, this rumour that governors travelled to Europe to decide who will be the presidential candidate and vice-presidential candidate of PDP. I wonder why governors will travel to Europe to take such a decision.
“I’ve told Raymond Dokpesi that there is nothing wrong with you preaching for the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Wazirin Adamawa, a very experienced man, an intelligent man, a strategist. But don’t destroy other people because of this. Because when you destroy them, it will be difficult for PDP to win the election in 2023.
“We supported Atiku Abubakar when he won (PDP presidential ticket), and even if he wins now, the governors will rally round him, but when you destroy the governors and bring confusion, how will it work.
“The party should call the governor (Makinde) and say see what we are doing so that he will be carried along.
Governor Wike said it will be politically wrong for people outside the South-West geopolitical zone to determine what happens in Osun state without the contribution or, better still, the input of the Oyo State governor.