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Regional News of Wednesday, 10 August 2022


2023: PDP opens up on ‘Wike banning Atiku’s campaign’

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state has debunked rife reports that the State Governor, Nyesom Wike has banned its members from campaigning for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the State.

This was made known by PDP State Publicity Secretary, Tambari Gbara while stressing that Wike never banned party chieftains from campaigning for Atiku in Rivers State.

He was reacting to claims by a former Rivers Southeast Senator, Ledogo Maeba, that Wike warned some chieftains of the party against campaigning for Atiku in the State.

According to Maeba, Wike issued a stern warning after he and some chieftains of the party visited Atiku to apologize on behalf of the governor.

The former lawmaker said the governor reprimanded them for visiting Atiku without his consent.

Maeba said Wike also threatened that anyone who campaigned for Atiku in Rivers State without his permission would be dealt with.

However, Gbara challenged Maeba to prove his allegation that Wike issued a threat against anyone campaigning for Atiku in the State.

In a statement, Gbara said: “If the governor wants to make that statement, he would make it official, that, in the State, nobody should campaign for Atiku Abubakar.

“Governor Wike is not somebody that hides his feelings. If he wants to say that, I don’t think he would say it privately. So, the person making the allegation should come out and prove himself.

“He (Maeba) should be able to furnish Rivers people and Nigerians with evidence.”