The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to name the presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he alleged were being sponsored by the APC.
Governor Wike had in an interview with Premium Times, stated that he knows those currently in the PDP who are planted by the APC to seek presidential ticket.
When asked about the leaders in the PDP who are complaining that he has a strong grip on PDP because he is one of the major funders, Wike said that those who are complaining about him are agents of the APC.
“In politics, every governor supports the party. Most leaders support the party. Those who are complaining about me are those who are afraid because they are the agents of APC. We know those PDP presidential aspirants who are agents of APC. We know them. The presidency and the APC have planted people within our party, and we know it. They planted Modu Sheriff and we fell for it. I bought into it not knowing it was a set-up. And then when we realised, we said no, we have to fight it. And we fought it. I cannot again fall the fool that I became under Ali Modu Sheriff. I know some of our presidential aspirants who are running on the sponsorship of the APC and the presidency,” Wike said.
The ruling party in its reaction to Wike’s allegation said that the governor’s statement is another sign of the PDP’s despair over its failed 2019 election bid.
“We challenge Governor Wike to be brave enough and name the APC-sponsored aspirants among the crowd that have signified interest to run for the presidency under the PDP.
“Instead of putting it house in order, it is laughable that Governor Wike and his PDP cohorts are clutching on straws it is desperate bid to remain in public reckoning in the face of imminent 2019 defeat” the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, said.
The ruling party further urged PDP members who share the same progressive ideals with APC to leave the PDP which it described as “sinking and rudderless ship” and join the ruling party to rebuild and reposition the nation.