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Politics of Friday, 3 June 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

I tried to warn Wike about betrayal from southern PDP governors - Dele Momodu

Nyesom Wike is the governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike is the governor of Rivers State

A former presidential aspirant and Chairman of the Ovation Group, Dele Momodu has revealed he made several attempts to warn his colleague, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State about a potential betrayal of southern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Wike who lost the party's primaries to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said he was betrayed by southern governors of the party after a consensus the next presidential candidate must be of southern extraction.

However, reacting to the comments by Wike, Dele Momodu who also contested in the primaries said he wasn't surprised he lost at the elections while noting that he made several attempts to warn his counterpart about likely disapproval from the governors.

"I sent him a letter. Just like I did with MKO Abiola but in Wike’s case, he completely ignored," Momodau said as he appeared as a guest on TVC's Breakfast show Your View.

"And I told him, I love the fact that you are fighting for power to come to the south but you can’t be the sole beneficiary of that battle. I told him that a lot of people will lie to you because they want you money but they will gang up against you. A lot of the are envious of you, a lot of the believe you are too strong a character. So I wished we had the opportunity to take it further but unfortunately it didn’t happen."

Atiku polled 371 votes from the 767 accredited candidates to edge his closest opponent, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who polled 237 votes.

A last-minute withdrawal by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, swung the contest in favour of Atiku as delegates from Mr Tambuwal’s North-West stronghold and from other states where delegates had pledged their support to him all turned their votes to Atiku.