Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to speculations in some quarters that state governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) travelled to the Europe to agree on who should be the party’s presidential candidate.
In a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor named Raymond Dokpesi, a chieftain of the party as disseminating the rumor.
He wondered why PDP governors should do such overseas and warned the purveyors against acts capable of destroying the party that lost power in 2015.
“I have always said to people in PDP, nobody should cause a division among the governors,” Wike warned. “We are trying as much as we can to build the party back and see that in 2023 PDP takes over governance.
“But I have some suspicion that people like Raymond Dokpesi are not really sincere to the Peoples Democratic Party and I think I’m convinced that Raymond Dokpesi appears to be working for APC.
“I don’t understand where Raymond Dokpesi gets this information, this rumour that governors travelled to Europe to decide who will be the presidential candidate and vice- presidential candidate of PDP. I wonder why governors will travel to Europe to take such a decision,” he added.
Mr Wike also counseled Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, who is said to be interested in the party’s ticket, to rein in Mr Dokpesi, his supporter, to avoid polarizing the party and its chances of ousting the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) during the general election next year.