I have no problem with Atiku but Ayu must resign
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has stated that he has no personal beef with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, save from his insistence that the North cede control of the national chairman of the party to the South.
Wike made this statement on Tuesday while celebrating his 55th birthday at his home in Rumueprikom with friends from the political world and the Rivers Elders Council, which was led by Chief Ferdinand Alabraba as chairman.
He continued by saying that despite losing to Atiku in the presidential primary, he had no regrets about running.
Wike said: “I don’t regret I ran for presidency. In the name of God, I am happy to make Rivers proud as far I am concerned.
“If they had allow it to be what it is supposed to be, I would have won the election. But it’s okay. It has happened.
“People said it’s because I lost the election. It doesn’t matter. I didn’t lose election.
“This is my first time of trying to run for the presidency of Nigeria and we made impact. If it is easy, let them go ahead. Are they not the ones begging.
“I have no problem with the presidential candidate (Atiku). All I am saying is what is the interest of Rivers people? What is the interest of the South-South, and the South?”
In reference to the disagreements with Rivers’ former political supporters, he stated, “I called Austin (Opara), he sat here, and I said, ‘Look my brother, quit it, it will not work. I don’t want to throw our system into disarray. Amaechi served as governor for eight years; similarly, I intend to serve for the same amount of time.
“It will be difficult to sell another Ikwerre person as governor for another eight years. Omehia said he wants to go to the Senate, I said leave it. Ikwerre has gone, Ogu has gone, leave Etche to go.
“You people said I should go (to Senate), I said I won’t. Allwell (Onyesoh) could not have stopped me.
“Yes, today we are the majority, you don’t know what tomorrow will be. I never did anything to undermine anybody. We must understand that.”
Speaking on allegations that he imposed Sim Fubara as Rivers PDP governorship candidate, Wike said the decision was collective.
“When O. C. J. Okocha comes back, we will publish the agreement signed by all.
“We will win. I am not running for election, but I’m running an election. My name is not in the ballot, but I’m running an election.
“You’ll hear what is going to happen. Everybody don’t panic. It is something God has given to us,” he said.
The Chairman, Rivers Elders Council, Chief Alabraba told the governor, “since after the primaries and all the matters arising, a lot of people have been wondering where are we going, what are we doing?
“But, I assure you that the belief we have in you and your leadership, whenever you decide to say where we are going, that is where all of us will go. We are not in a hurry.
“We will deliver Fubara as our governor, deliver all Reps, Senate and all state Assembly candidates.
“But for the other one, we are waiting for whenever you decide. We will wait for you. Whatever you decide, that is where all of us will go.
“Your Excellency, we thank God that you have the ability and capacity to carry along a number of colleagues today known as G-5.
“Those are the most popular governors in this country today. And we are not pressurising you.
“Whatever the group comes up with, whichever decision you take, be rest assured that your fellowship will key into it and support you to the last.”