Wike Chides Atiku For Critising Buhari

Mary Ugwuanyi

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar of hypocrisy.

The governor stated this when he led the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi to inaugurate the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday.

Wike said that Atiku lacks the moral basis to critise President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged lopsided appointment of security chiefs in the country.

According to the Rivers State governor, Atiku should ensure equity in his party before calling out the President over a related issue.

Recall that Wike and the G5 governors have been clamouring for the resignation of the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu. They argue that the national chairman and the presidential candidate of the party cannot come from the same zone of the country.

Wike who is the leader of the G5 governors questioned why Atiku never spoke out against Buhari over the past seven years until now, nothing that Atiku will need to resolve the issues in his party before he can be taken seriously.

The Rivers governor vowed not to abandon the party to persons he described as vultures, hyenas and scavengers.

Wike exonerated Obi from blame for leaving the PDP following the treatment he got from the party.

He said: “You were a member of our party, but you left our party and I know why you left the party. I don’t blame you for leaving the party.

“Nobody would have suffered the humiliation you suffered. I know. Most of you don’t know. Nobody will hear what you passed through and remain.

“I will not leave. I will stay here and I will fight the vultures, the hyenas and the scavengers. I am not blaming you.

“On principle, you should but I won’t leave this house. I will never allow armed robbers to take over my house. I am going to stay to chase the armed robbers.

“If you have not left, you would not have pursued your ambition to save Nigeria. That is his ambition, but whether he is the one I do not know yet. At the appropriate time, we will talk”.

Commenting on Atiku’s criticism of President Buhari over alleged uneven appointments of service chiefs, Wike said: “I hear people go to town hall meetings and say all kind of things.

“They say: ‘I will implement restructuring and make sure every zone will have a member in the security council; that it is not good for one zone to produce all the security chiefs.’

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“But it is good for one zone to occupy all party positions. You see how we are. He said: ‘I will implement that every zone will be represented’. That is a town hall meeting.

“But Nigerians want you to start from this one. When you start from this one, we will know what you will do when you get there. Start from the party.

“Why are Nigerians so gullible that anything they hear they take? If you want to say I will implement this or do this, I will say okay this one you have now, start from here. If you cannot do this one, can you do the other one when you are there?

“Nobody should deceive us. There are many people who have left offices for years. You see those who are surrounding them, are broke. All they want to do is to have the opportunity to come back to power. Nigerians must open their eyes.

“Some people now are criticising Buhari for appointing all the service chiefs from the North. Why did they not challenge Buhari since? Election has come and they are talking. Who is fooling who?

“All these past seven years, you couldn’t challenge Buhari for doing that and now election has come and you want to win our hearts. We know ourselves. Nobody can fool anybody.

“Some people say they would form a government of national unity. It is not talking, start now to implement it.”

Source: Nation

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