Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has clarified that the intent of his public comment on the endorsement of Peter Obi, presidential flag-bearer of the Labour Party by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, instead of his former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, stems from concern for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
TOP MEDIA reports that Governor Wike offered the explanation when he spoke at the Mgbuodohia Community Primary School Premises, venue of the flag-off of the construction of Mgbuodohia Road in Rumuolumene Town of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area (LGA) on Tuesday.
The governor observed that former president Obasanjo had served as president on the platform of the PDP with Atiku as his vice for 8 years, hence, ideally he should have been in a better position to solicit for support from Nigerians on his behalf with confidence.
But if such was not done, Governor Wike noted, by way of endorsement, then something was fundamentally wrong that should elicit concern by members of PDP.
“I meant no bad. I’m only worried as a prominent PDP member. A man who loves PDP should be worried. I was not mocking anybody. I was merely worried.
“My prayer was, look, let Obasanjo remain quiet and not say anything. That was all my prayer, but my prayer didn’t work. My prayer was that if this man makes any statement, it will indict us because he was president under the Peoples Democratic Party for eight years, and he worked with our presidential candidate. And the campaign of our presidential council is that our presidential candidate during the eight years did very well, with experience,” Wike said.