Wike Apologises For Threatening PDP Presidential Aspirants
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has apologised to leaders and presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party for his anti-party outburst.
Wike had on Wednesday, gone on air, threatening to, among others, “teach the PDP a lesson” if the party failed to hold the convention in Port Harcourt.
Although some of the party’s over a dozen presidential aspirants held reservations about the outburst, they were reluctant to openly confront him
The governor’s threat was in response to a statement by the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin.
Jibrin had, at a stakeholders meeting on Monday, dismissed reports that the PDP convention would hold in Port Harcourt, saying that the party had yet to take a decision on venue.
Wike tendered the apology during Friday's meeting of the party's National Executive Council Meeting in Abuja.
During the meeting, Wike was said to have shown remorse for his comments and assured party leaders he would be more guarded going forward.
Okwesilieze Nwodo, a former governor of Enugu State, said it was after Wike’s apology that the party went on to have a unanimous decision to move the party’s convention for the election of the presidential candidate to Port Harcourt, at the heart of Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger-Delta.
Several presidential aspirants feared holding the convention in Port-Harcourt could give Mr Wike an edge to install his preferred aspirant.
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