- Governor Nyesom Wike claimed that Jonathan was sabotaged by PDP in the north
- Wike said Jonathan was lied to and was made to believe that he would win in 2015
- He said the PDP committee is planning to poach some big politicians from APC before 2019
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has accused some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in northern Nigeria of sabotaging former president Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 presidential election.
In a press release by Azu Ishiekwene, sent to NAIJ.com, the Rivers state governor said members of Jonathan’s cabinet and ranking members of the Peoples Democratic Party, from the party’s former chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, deceived the former president and told him outright lies about his chances. Wike gave the detailed revelation in the current edition of the Interview magazine.
In the current edition of the magazine, Wike said: “Let me tell you the truth; so many people were not sincere with Jonathan. You saw that even in the way some were being unduly sycophantic on issues that were totally out of point…I saw there was a lot of deceit.”
Wike said there were situations where politicians who were supposed to be in the field holed up inside Abuja, filing false reports.
He continued: “Some of them would say, ‘Your Excellency Sir, as I’m speaking with you now, so and so state is down for PDP’. It was all lies.
“PDP in the North ganged up against Jonathan. Let the truth be told! Nobody will die! They were not sincere to him!”
He said it was a mark of complicity that even though Jonathan was stoned in some states and the governors in those states watched idly by, adding that: “If I were in Jonathan’s shoes, I won’t take it; let the heavens fall!”
Wike, who was minister of state for education under Jonathan and generally perceived as First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan’s “anointed”, attacked “most cabinet members” for taking advantage of the former president’s gentlemanliness.
He, however, said the PDP reconciliation committee of which he is chairman, had in their sights, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and top members of the ruling APC, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among others.
He also spoke on his controversial presence as the only PDP governor at the airport when President Muhammadu Buhari returned from his medical vacation in Britain, an act that has raised some eyebrow.
Wike spoke on his relationship with former governor Peter Odili and allegations that he gatecrashed the office of a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to fix the outcome of the state’s governorship election petition before the court.
He said: “These (the purveyors of the information) are evil people. Can Rotimi Amaechi tell the story of his life and he won’t mention Peter Odili? Can Dakuku Peterside mention anything and he won’t mention Peter Odili?”
The Rivers state governor also spoke on the leaked tape allegedly containing his voice, and claims that the $43million found in an Ikoyi apartment belonged to the state government.
“Let the federal government dare release the report. You will see what will happen,” he threatened.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Wike has joined some Nigerians mocking the ruling All Progressives Congress and the President Buhari-led administration over the alleged $26 billion currently rocking the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Wike accused the government of plunging the nation into its worst depth of corruption since Independence in 1960.
According to Wike, the alleged scandal, which he described as mind-blogging and monumental, brings to the fore the high-level sleaze amongst top officials of the APC Federal Government through the NNPC.
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