Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has accused the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar of disrespecting and sidelining him.
Speaking during the inauguration of the PDP campaign council and launch of the party’s governorship campaign office in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike said Atiku selected “enemies” of Rivers into his campaign council for the 2023 general elections.
He also said that photos of Atiku and those of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, have been missing from the state’s PDP campaign materials because they don’t want him to campaign for the party at the national level.
“Some people have asked me why they haven’t seen the presidential candidate’s picture and the party chairman’s. I said what are you talking about? The presidential candidate entered my state and picked members of the presidential council without a whole governor of a state having a contribution.
“The presidential candidate entered Rivers State and picked those he wants to pick without my contribution. So, they said they don’t need me to campaign for them, that they don’t need Rivers people to campaign for them. Will you force yourself?
“I have never seen how people will disrespect a state like Rivers State and go and choose those who are enemies of the state without our contributions.”