Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has hinted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lied during his recent interview on Arise TV.
Many had expected Atiku to pick Wike as his running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election and his choice of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was met with disappointment.
Atiku had stated in the interview on Arise TV that he chose someone he thought would deliver and called Wike "brilliant" and "tenacious".
Reacting to the comments on Friday at the Port Harcourt International Airport in the Rivers State shortly after he returned from Spain, Wike stated that what Atiku said were lies.
“I told my special adviser on Media that I am going to speak on issues. We know in this part of our world when lies are been contorted, it becomes a fact.
“I have always believed when the left speaks, allow the right to also speak. We are not getting younger and as days pass we get older.
“So is important when issues are raised or when speeches are made, one should be able to say this the part of my story so that the public we know the truth.
“It is most unfortunate since after our primary I have decided to be quiet because is a party I love so much. I never said anything, I decided to go back home and fulfilled the promises I made to the people of Rivers State.
“But there comes a time I need to speak and let Nigerians know the actual truth. Having known the truth, whatever they decide to do with it is left for them.
“When the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar unveiled his running mate, know right thinking person and a lover of this party will say that the speech he made on that day was fair.
“Forget about his hailers, the scavengers and I never reacted to it. I said, no this party belongs to all of us.
“Thereafter Atiku appeared on Arise TV, see the statement he made. So many lies were told and then you said I should not react to some of those issues. That will not be fair.
“Assuming today am not alive, obviously what he has said will be accepted as the truth”, he said.