Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in Delta State and anti-corruption activist, Emmanuel Igbini, yesterday said the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, could not put Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in his place.
Wike, who is at loggerheads with Atiku and the party after losing in the PDP primaries for the presidential nomination and the vice presidential ticket, recently imposed some conditions on the party and is currently at loggerheads with other senior party members in his state who are against his conduct.
Responding to the suggestion that Abubakar and the PDP should call Wike’s bluff over his recent actions, Igbini said, “Atiku Abubakar cannot call Governor Wike’s bluff because Wike is not bluffing. Wike means what he says.”
He stated, “The truth and fact remains that it is the National Working Committee/National Executive Committee (NWC/NEC) of the PDP that should call Atiku’s bluff for insisting on his decision on the vice presidential candidate and disrespectfully ignoring and rejecting the overwhelming vote of the majority of the members of the committee set up by the PDP to recommend a vice presidential candidate to him, the PDP being the constitutional sponsoring party of Atiku’s 2023 dream.”
“Secondly, I must reiterate very clearly and unequivocally that Wike is not and will not stand for the Atiku-Okowa ticket for 2023 even if the PDP National Chairman, Sen. Dr. Iyorcha Ayu, is forced to step down for a southern national chairman,” he added.
Commenting on Wike’s alleged penchant for controversy as he also battles with his predecessor and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the soul of the state, he said: “Amaechi and Wike are a perfect example of how to start progress in Rivers and take it to the next level.”
“Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi started the revolution of infrastructural development and patriotic leadership in Rivers State, Wike has taken it to the ‘next level’,” Igbini said.