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The many lies of Atiku, Babangida, Lamido against me ~Wike

In his first public statement after he lost the People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election to Atiku Abubakar, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has lashed out at the ex-Vice President and some party leaders over what he described as their unguarded public comments and lies against him.

He also debunked claims by the PDP presidential candidate that he has reached out to the Rivers governor after the primary election for the purpose of reconciliation, noting that the proper thing for Atiku and the party chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to have done would have been to reach out to him, but they have not.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, the Rivers governor accused Abubakar of using the occasion of the unveiling of his vice presidential candidate, Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa and his appearance on national television to lie against him.

“But there comes a time that people will understand and know the true facts. So, obviously, whether I will speak is not in doubt, to let Nigerians know the actual truth.

“Having known the truth, whatever they decide to do with it is left for Nigerians.

“Because, you can imagine, the presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar, when he unveiled vice presidential candidate, no right thinking lover of this party would say that the speech he made on that day was fair.

“Forget about the favour seekers. Forget about the scavengers. But I never reacted to it. That is because this party belongs to all of us.

“Thereafter, he (Atiku) appeared on Arise Television, see the statement he made. So many lies were told and you said I should not react to some of those issues. That would not be fair.”

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He said further that; “Assuming today, I’m not alive, obviously what they have said would be accepted as the truth. Look at his (Atiku) attack dogs, Sule Lamido, Babaginda Aliyu, Maina Waziri. Look at the statements they issued. Look at the abuses they rained on me, but I never reacted.

“And Nigerians will ask, you mean these things happened? So, it is important that as a person and for my own future, and for those who rally around me to say, look, this is not fair. So, I will make sure that I will react to them, line by line of the statements made by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar himself and his attack dogs.”

Wike asserted that he contested the presidential primary squarely and emerged in the second position so he will not tolerate being disparaged.

“Look at it, a presidential candidate who believes that he wants to win election, and somebody who contested fiercely with him that has never raised any issue. I just kept quiet, just minded my business, to see how my state can move forward.

“But every day, his people come up to attack me, to say one thing or the other. That’s quite unfair and so I should let Nigerians know at the appropriate time which will be after the commissioning of projects that we have lined up.

“We will say look this is not correct, so that posterity, history will be on our side that we have been able to keep the record straight. So, nobody should be in doubt whether I am going to speak on the issue of PDP, issues of the primaries and other related matters.

“Nigerians will know what happen, Nigerians will know those who love this country, Nigerians will know what went behind. And that is to assure you am going to speak on that,” he stated.

Governor Wike clarified that Senator Bukola Saraki met with him in Spain, but said he was not sent by Alhaji Atiku, so nobody should think in such direction.

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