While it is obvious that Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor is against the Muslim-Muslim ticket in Nigeria and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP flag bearer, the outspoken Governor has finally come out to utter these words to a congregation that he would never support any candidate that said: “No other person from any ethnic group could be president.”
In a short video clip uploaded on Twitter, Wike outrightly declared that the people of Rivers State would not support that doesn’t believe Nigeria belongs to everybody.
He, however, did not mention the name of the politician he was referring to in his speech but cited events and interviews where the culprit used some unpatriotic words while addressing his supporters.
The painful part, according to the Rivers State Governor, is that the politician in question has absolutely no regard for the region in South-South where he hails from, while Atiku was naming states and ethnic groups Nigeria shouldn’t allow a taste of the number seat in the country.
He discarded claims that he’s not rallying support for his party mate because delegates did not deem him fit to be their flag bearer during the primary election or that his heart is broken by the initial rivalry with a fellow party member and their stance about the future of the PDP, but the point that his identity as an individual is perceived as insignificant and unrecognisable.
Already, among the three top competing Presidential Candidates, precisely Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress APC, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP and Alhaji Atiku, PDP, polls conducted have revealed the latter is the least favoured in the recent vote testings.
Being a core PDP member and one that earlier vied for the Presidential position, but lost, for Nyesom Wike to come to the public and say he would not vote for his party mate is the final ‘Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back.
Atiku’s chances of winning the 2023 Presidential Election is now limited, as the Rivers State Governor’s rants would also influence the decisions of many South-South electorates that would now withdraw their support, unless the two politicians eventually reconcile for the party’s sake.