Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State has made it clear that he didn’t know anything about a suit challenging the position of Atiku Abubakar as the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to which he belongs.
In reaction to the news which trended in media today, August 12, Governor Wike described the suit as the handiwork of mischief makers who merely want to use him to score cheap political points.
“I don’t know anything about the so called suit. I did not ask anyone to file any suit for me. I don’t know the lawyers..
“Am I a kid to be filing a suit at this time. I had 14 days after the primary within which to have filed any suit. I didn’t do that then, is it two months after primary I will file a suit?”
This was even as the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, accused the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) of being behind the suit.
Speaking at the International Commemoration of United Nations International Youths Day 2022 celebration of the PDP in Abuja, today, Iyorcha Ayu said: Wike never took the party to court. It’s APC that puts the case. The first man on that case is a coordinator for the presidential candidate of the APC.”
The PDP boss, who did not mention any particular name, added that: “We know very well that they don’t believe they can win any election. They are trying to divide you. Don’t let any APC manipulation divide you. They are the one sponsoring stories of crisis in the PDP.”
“There is no crisis in PDP. PDP has no crisis. It’s a united political party. Anybody who thinks he can come and do crisis, they should wait for us next year February, we will show them that they are the ones who have a crisis.
“So, I want to make it clear because people will start saying that Wike took the party to court. Wike is a strong party man and I’m happy he came out immediately and denied that he never took the party to court.
“And very soon, it will be revealed that the coordinator of the Presidential candidate of the APC was the one that put Wike’s name. And that is a criminal thing.”
Earlier today, news broke out that Governor Wike had instituted a suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, dated June 6, 2022, at the Federal High Abuja challenging the candidacy of Atiku, claiming that he was the rightful candidate of the PDP in the June primary of the party in Abuja..