The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has opened up on whether he would be campaigning for or against the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to win the 2023 election ahead of his PDP and Labour Party counterparts – Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively.
Tinubu visited Wike on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt joined by prominent APC chieftains, including his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Governors Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); David Umahi (Ebonyi); former Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi; Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, Tony Okocha and others.
The meeting came right after Tinubu had engaged his supporters in Rivers at the presidential campaign held at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt.
Speaking during the meeting, Governor Wike lamented the current crisis across Nigerian states and called on the incumbent government of the APC to find an ideal solution to lingering issues immediately.
Relating the current crisis to the forthcoming 2023 election, Wike said: “For the first time I have seen a government procuring opposition to join them to defend their policy. A policy that is anti-people. You are now the ones procuring we (PDP) to defend something that is totally wrong. I have seen anything like this in my life. It is a big shame,” he said.
“Do you people really want this election to take place or not, or you have an agenda to truncate this election? I don’t know. Look at what is happening in Oyo today, Edo, and Delta. See what is going on.
“I saw them even gathering in Port Harcourt and I had to call my Commissioner of Police (CP) and said what is going on? I am not campaigning against you. Neither am I campaigning for you. But the truth must be told.”
Wike and his group known as G5-governors have vowed not to campaign for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar if the party chairman Iyorchia Ayu failed to step down.
The cold war between Wike and Atiku started after the PDP convention in Abuja where the former failed to secure the party’s ticket to run for president.
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