Atiku used PDP chieftains to spread falsehood against me – Wike

By Tunde Joshua

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has finally broken his silence over developments in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the presidential primary election in which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emerged the party’s flag bearer.

He accused the former vice president of telling lies against him and also using some PDP chieftains to spread falsehood against his person but vowed to respond to both the party’s flagbearer and the party chieftains whom he described as Atiku’s ‘attack dogs’ one by one and line by line in due time.

Wike reacted on Friday at the Port Harcourt International Airport in the Rivers State capital shortly after he returned from a foreign trip.

“I have decided to be quiet because PDP is a party I love so much,” I have moved on to conclude my social contract with the people of Rivers. However, it is time to let Nigerians know the truth.”

However, he said posterity would not forgive him should he fail to set the record straight and clear the air on issues within the party as earlier promised to do.

He reacted by faulting the speech by Atiku during the unveiling of Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

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On the reconciliation committee set up by the PDP leadership, Governor Wike disclosed that former Vice President Atiku had yet to send any delegation to him, however, said a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, met with him in Spain, although in his personal capacity.

He wondered why the former vice president came to his house to beg for support but suddenly do not know the way to his house any longer.

He went on to challenge anyone to identify that he or she was sent by the PDP candidate to speak to him about the issue in the PDP and the aftermath of the party’s presidential primary.

Contrary to speculation that he may consider the option of dumping the PDP, Governor Wike insisted that he would remain in the PDP and help rebuild the party.

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