Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that he has faced threats to his life as a result of his call for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to persuade the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to quit.
Wike claimed that they threatened him because he insisted that Ayu resign as PDP National Chairman.
He made the announcement yesterday at the launching of the Akpabu-Itu-Umudiogha route in the state’s Emohua Local Government Area.
Wike clarified that he is not demanding that Atiku give up his ticket.
According to Wike: “When I see some people running around and talking rubbish, they forget history easily. Today, we are not saying the presidential candidate should relinquish his ticket. We are not being selfish.
“We are only saying since you are now the presidential candidate, let our people take chairmanship and they say they will kill me. Is it possible?”
He said some people he described as rent-seekers from the state were running around Atiku, hoping that they would become ministers.
“When you see some rent seekers from here going around saying they will give me minister of finance, they will give me governor of Central Bank, you haven’t killed an animal and you are saying women, don’t eat it. Kill the animal first to know whether women will eat or not.
“I don’t want that kind of promise. Give my people this one we are talking now. Give us the chairman so that things can move freely. They come and tell you stories,” he said.
Wike and the G-5 group have been dissatisfied with the party’s handling of the zoning agreement.
According to the Wike-led faction, a specific zone cannot produce a PDP presidential candidate and National Chairman.
The governor has been lobbying for the National Chairman’s office to be relocated to the country’s south.
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