Wike exposes ex-Niger Gov. Babangida Aliyu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State Governor has described the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Ex-Governors Forum, Babangida Aliyu, as a mole seeking the downfall of the party.
Aliyu had alleged that a certain “dictator in Rivers State” was behind the travails of the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, because of a personal ambition to either become Vice President or a political godfather.
Wike in an interactive session with journalists in Port Harcourt declared that nobody can stop or intimidate him over 2023 presidential ambition, insisting that he has not told anyone that he was aspiring to the country’s number one political office.
“If I want to run for the presidency, nobody can stop me, they are so timid and intimidated by my credentials. Sometimes, they say I am interested in running for Vice President.
“Does anybody run for Vice President? These are just insinuations. I have never told anybody that I want to run for the presidency, but nobody should feel he can intimidate me,” Wike said.
Maintaining that it was not the time to pick holes, he clarified Aliyu’s allegation that there was a political dictator in Rivers State, adding that as far as PDP was concerned there was no dictator in his state.
“Yes, I read it in various newspapers but what makes a man is when he is bold to say ‘I am referring to Mr A; not to hide in the background that you cannot say it is you I was talking about. So, that shows you the character that Aliyu Babangida is.
“With utmost respect, I believe that this period is very tight for us. Problems of insecurity, how we are going to make sure Nigeria moves forward. But one has to react based on the kind of insinuations he (Aliyu) may have made.
“One, there is no political dictator in Rivers State as far as PDP is concerned. That is why today, if there is one state that PDP is sure of winning any day any time in this country if the election is called tomorrow, I am sure that it is Rivers State.
“That is not the case with Niger State. Babangida Aliyu is a political liability in PDP. He is not an asset to PDP. Now, this is a man who came out to the public to say that he sabotaged, he worked against the PDP in winning the Presidential election in 2015. I can quote him well, he said we, Northern Governors, worked against President Goodluck Jonathan.”