By Miftaudeen Raji
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has disclosed the motive behind his visit to the Governor of Rivers State and former presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party, Nyesom Wike.
Obi had met with Wike on Wednesday behind closed doors at his private residence in Port Harcourt.
But, in a statement via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday, Obi said he had visited the Governor to discuss vital national issues.
The statement reads, “Earlier today, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest.”
Meanwhile, aside from Obi, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State had also visited Wike in Port Harcourt. Although details of the meeting were not disclosed to the press, it may not be unconnected to how to poach Wike from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Recall Wike had lost the PDP presidential ticket to Atiku Abubakar, while fingering his counterpart southern governors within the PDP of betrayal.
Wike had claimed that he could have scuttled the PDP presidential primary, but for his love for the party
His statement, “I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody has spoken, it is at that point he was speaking that he would have said I am withdrawing. You don’t call him back. I just said, ‘Look, this our party must not be destroyed.”
The Rivers State governor was tipped to be the favourite of the PDP selection committee as Atiku’s running mate, the former vice president snubbed rather nominated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, who is also a key player in the Atiku’s emergence, in the place of Wike.