Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has described as unfortunate the public comments credited to some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the presidential primaries of the party in May.
Governor Wike noted that the right thing for the likes of Atiku Abubakar or the PDP national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, to do would have been to reach out to him, but they have not.
The Rivers State governor said these while speaking with newsmen at the international wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, in Ikwerre Local Government Area, shortly after his arrival from Spain on Friday.
Governor Wike pointed to how Atiku used the occasion of the unveiling of PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and his appearance on national television to lie against him.
“But there comes a time that people will understand and know the facts. So, whether I will speak is not in doubt, to let Nigerians know the actual truth. Having known the truth, whatever they decide to do with it is left to Nigerians.
“Because, you can imagine, the presidential candidate of the PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, when he unveiled vice presidential candidate, no right thinking lover of this party would say that the speech he made on that day was fair. Forget about the favour seekers. Forget about the scavengers. But I never reacted to it. That is because this party belongs to all of us.
“Thereafter, he appeared on Arise Television, see the statement he made. So many lies were told and you said I should not react to some of those issues. That would not be fair.”
“Assuming today, I’m not alive, obviously what they have said would be accepted as the truth. Look at his (Atiku) attack dogs, Sule Lamido, Babaginda Aliyu, Maina Waziri. Look at the statements they issued. Look at the abuses they rained on me, but I never reacted.
“And Nigerians will ask, you mean these things happened? So, it is important that as a person and for my future, and for those who rally around me to say, look, this is not fair. So, I will make sure that I will react to them, line by line of the statements made by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar himself and his attack dogs.”
Governor Wike asserted that he contested the presidential primary squarely and emerged in the second position so he will not tolerate being disparaged.
Governor Wike explained that after the PDP primaries he returned to Rivers State to focus on fulfilling the remaining promises that he made to Rivers people.