Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given the real reason why he did not support the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi overtly at the Feb. 25 election.
He stated without mincing words that nobody discussed Igbo presidency with him.
The Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, stated on Friday in Enugu that Wike made the declaration at a meeting the socio-political group had with him in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Ogbonnia said that at the meeting, Ohaneze Ndigbo confronted Wike over his alleged role against Obi during the presidential election.
According to Ogbonnia, Gov. Wike expressed surprise that Ohanaeze was on a fact-finding mission and would explain his role in the presidential election.
The Rivers State governor explained that the Southern Governors Forum first met at Asaba and agreed that power must shift to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also explained that the governors later met in Enugu in September 2021 to reaffirm their position for power to shift to the South. And throughout the meetings, the issue of presidency to the Southeast was never on the table.
Wike also explained that throughout his political adventure, he tried as much as possible to maintain the position of the Southern governors.
He however expressed disgust that during the PDP presidential primary election, several well-known people of the Southeast betrayed him and sabotaged the Southern interest by voting for a candidate from the northern part.
The governor added that his unalloyed commitment to the South motivated him to provide logistics for Obi when he was in Rivers for the presidential campaign.
Ogbonnia quoted Wike as having said.” I am a man with the courage of my convictions and have no reasons to tell lies or to owe an apology to anyone.
“I am always ready to defend my actions any day and at any time, and I did not rig the presidential election against Obi.’’