The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who lost the presidential ticket to Atiku in the Peoples Democratic Party May primaries, said on Friday that said if not for the love he and others in his camp had for the main opposition party, they could have prevented the PDP convention from holding.
Wike, who revealed this in an ongoing media parley, alleged that the PDP’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, played a vital role that was detrimental to other aspirants in the emergence of Atiku as PDP flagbearer.
Wike alleged that Ayu called several presidential aspirants to step down for the Atiku during the convention.
“Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down, Wike added.
“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.
“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.
“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention, even if heaven falls.”
Wike’s group on Wednesday announced their plan not to partake in the campaign council which was scheduled for inauguration next Wednesday after a meeting at Wike’s private residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State,
Reactting to the withdrawal of Wike team, Atiku in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday reiterated his decision not to interfere in the demands for Ayu’s removal.
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.