Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as a liar.
He said Atiku’s many claims in his recently granted interview with Arise TV were fraught with lies about the party and the outcome of its primaries.
Wike had come second in the primaries where Atiku emerged candidate of the party. He went ahead to pick Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The choice of Okowa had left the party divided.
He said the interview granted by Atiku were full of lies and the PDP candidate has also gone ahead to spin so many inaccurate things about him.
“I have decided to be quiet because PDP is a party I love so much.
“I have moved on to conclude my social contract with the people of Rivers. However, it is time to let Nigerians know the truth.
“I am not a slave and will not be a slave. I am freeborn of the country,” he said.
Speaking about Atiku’s interview, Wike said, “He appeared before Arise Television, see the statements he made. So many lies were told,” Governor Wike said.
He accused Atiku of sponsoring those he called “attack dogs” to unleash falsehood on his person adding that at the appropriate time, he would come out to say what transpired.
“Look at his attack dogs, Lamido, …look at the statements they are making,” he said
Wike went further, “It is important that for my own future and those around me, this is not fair. I have to make sure I react line-by-line so that Nigerians would know what happened and those who love this country and know what went behind.
He said many claims are being made to give wrong impression that efforts have been made to reach out to him. Wike said that Atiku could not be sending those he described as “scavengers” to him if he desired any meaningful discussion.
“Atiku Abubakar came to my house to say I should support me. So, he does not know my house again.Let one person in the party say that Atiku sent him to me. Nobody has done that,” he said
Warning of the consequences of going to election without putting PDP’s house in order, Wike said party primaries are not the same with general elections.
“I want to tell the public, this party I love, I remain committed. General election is not primary where you are going to bring delegates,” he said