Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has no apologies.
According to a former chairmanship aspirant in the recent PDP national elective convention, Chief Bode George, the governor made “unguarded utterances against the Yoruba people.” George also demanded a unreserved apology from Wike for abusing the race and undermining its contributions to the party.
Governor Wike, speaking to the press on the sidelines of the convention, pushed back and refused to admit that his comments were insulting to the Yorubas.
“What did I say about the Yoruba? They told me that the South-West region has never produced the national chairman of the party and that giving it to them would change the fortune of the party in the region and I told them that the South-South too has never produced the national chairman. I also asked them that when the South-West produced the president, what was the fortune of the party and how would national chairman of the party change the fortune of the party in the region. That was what I said. So, how did I insult anybody?” he said.
Denied Claims of Imposition
Wike denied that he or any other party stalwart imposed candidates on the party.
“What we have here is not a case of imposition; if it had been imposition, the party would have come out to say only aspirant A or B should be chairman. It has never happened in the history of the national convention in PDP, where many aspirants are jostling for the same position. So where is the imposition?” he said.
The governor called for sportsmanship from all, saying, “we must learn to be good winners and good losers; you cannot expect that because you have gone to delegates to convince them, then they must all support you. They will listen to everybody and at the end of the day, they will make up their minds.”