In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications in Abuja yesterday, Nigeria’s former Vice President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has advised the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, against speaking under the influence of alcohol.

Wike who spoke at an event in Emohua Local Government Area last week said he was drinking alcohol while watching Atiku, PDP’s national chairman, Iyorchai Ayu, and other party members protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

“I called some of my friends and opened the 40-year-old whisky as they were protesting,” Wike told the gathering.

Reacting to the governor’s comment, Atiku said: “Governor Wike has confirmed what we all know. That he is a drunkard. The protest that was led by Waziri Atiku Abubakar on Monday, March 6, 2023, was against the stealing of the mandate of the Nigerian people, which in itself was a noble cause.

“For the sake of clarity, the protest occurred around 11.30am. Governor Wike says he was drinking whisky during the protest at 11.30am on a Monday. This reveals the sort of man he is – a dipsomaniac who abandons his official duties on Monday morning to binge on whiskey.

“This explains the reason for his coarse voice, which is similar to that of a motor park tout. It is obvious that Governor Wike also dances under the influence of alcohol. No wonder it is characterised by aesthetic vulgarity.”

The statement observed that the Rivers helmsman has not held a meeting with his colleagues “having dumped them since their defeat.


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