Rivers State governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Nyesom Wike has accused his counterpart southern governors of betrayal.
He said unlike other regions who joined together on solidarity to facilitate the victory of the former vice president Atiku Abubakar,governors from his own region demonstrated uncooperative attitude.
Wike who came second at Saturday’s primaries however promised to remain in the party and support the PDP 2023 presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
He added that he almost got the PDP primaries at a stage when the rule was breached but had to maintain his calmness.
The governor spoke at a reception in his honour at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following his return from the presidential primary in Abuja
Wike said he was tempted to obstruct the process when an aspirant (Aminu Tambuwal) who had spoken previously was allowed to return to the podium to pronounce his withdrawal, in contravention of the guidelines of the election.
“I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody had spoken; it was at that point he was speaking that he would have said I am withdrawing. You don’t call him back,” Wike said.
” I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody had spoken; it was at that point he was speaking that he would have said I am withdrawing. You don’t call him back,” Wike said.
“I just said, Look, this our party must not be destroyed.’”
He, however, called on his supporters to remain calm, describing his loss at the PDP presidential primary as the will of God.
“It is God’s will, let us not bother ourselves so much,” Wike said, accusing governors of the Southern region of betrayal.
He said “Shame to those who will sell out their own. I have never seen a thing like that. No wonder we cannot move on with development.
“Look, a region ganged up. Your own region cannot gang up, you become a tool to be used against the interests of your people and you think you have won. No, you have lost.”
“In the political history of this country, you can count on us. We are not push-overs,” the former Minister of State for Education, said.