Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has accused some elders of ganging up against him because they did not scale through 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 clinch 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, at midnight, some of our elders called me that they want to see me. They came to me and said they came to wish me a 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, and he replied, sir, let me hold what God has given me. I don’t want to lose the two.”
Governor Wike noted that the elders also signed a document that they would abide by whatever became the outcome of the governorship primary.
However, Governor Wike expressed 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 stories. But the truth is that all of them (elders) signed the document prepared by O.C.J. Okocha that whomever I bring, they will abide by”.
“But now, they went to Abuja, that I must not be vice president. I also read, yesterday when I was in Paris, one of them said that I told him that if they do what they did to Dr Odili, I will collapse the system.
“I am not an ungrateful person And I will never be ungrateful in my life. What’s important is that I have done well as a governor. I am happy and I am leaving office a happy man.”