The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has revealed that he was sent by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to convince the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu to work against the reselection of President Muhammadu Buhari.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that Wike disclosed this during a meeting with Tinubu and some members of his campaign team at the Rivers State Government House on Wednesday.
Recall that Tinubu visited Wike at the Rivers State Gvernment House alongside some 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.
Wike said he was sent to secretly meet Tinubu in Lagos after meeting with a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, in Paris between 2017 and 2018.
The Rivers State Governor said Tinubu however chose to stick with Buhari because there were no better alternatives.
He said, “I came to your house in Bourdillon. I came and said to you sir, look at the way the country is moving. There is no way we can allow the current president to continue in 2019.
“You now asked me, okay, what are the alternatives? I said sir, we have Atiku, we have Tambuwal, we have Bukola. You laughed. You said look I will remain with Buhari. If these are your alternatives, I will remain Buhari, that I don’t know them.”
The Governor added that Tinubu has the character and courage to lead Nigerian at this point.
“I have no apology to anybody to say nobody born of a woman can intimidate me. You have never changed party one day. That tells of your character and courage and that is what we require in this country” the Rivers governor told Tinubu.”
“But let me advice you, don’t spend any more money on your governorship candidate here (Rivers),” he said.
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