Wike distances self from suit seeking removal of Atiku as PDP’s presidential candidate

Wike distances self from suit seeking removal of Atiku as PDP’s presidential candidate

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has distanced himself from a purported suit said to have been filed by him seeking the removal of Atiku Abubaka

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Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has distanced himself from a purported suit said to have been filed by him seeking the removal of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election.

Wike, while disclosing this on Friday afternoon, August 12, denied ever knowing the lawyers who filed the suit nor commissioned them in the first instance.

The media was on Friday morning awash with reports that Wike and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Newgent Ekamon, had dragged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to court seeking the removal of Atiku as the candidate of the party in next year’s presidential poll.

According to the purported suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, the plaintiffs were said to have hinged their claims on the grounds that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary conferred undue advantage on Atiku which aided his emergence as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the May 28 and 29 primary.

Wike, while reacting to the publication, expressed surprise over the suit, said to have been filed at the federal high court, Abuja, adding that the suit was the handiwork of mischievous people who merely want to use him to score cheap political goals.

Wike said, “I don’t know the lawyers.

“Am I a kid to be filing a suit at this time? I had 14 days to file a suit after the party’s presidential primary, and I didn’t.

“So why would I be filing a suit now after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary took place over two months ago?

“Just a few days ago, some people came up with the claim that I ordered my chief security officer (CSO) to pull down the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag in my office.

“This is all some mischievous propaganda. Some people are trying to use me to win election,” he added.

Meanwhile, he has threatened legal action against the publication of the suit as he has nothing to do with it.

Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had declared Atiku winner of the presidential primary election having scored 371 votes.

Wike was declared the first runner-up with 237 votes, while the former senate president, Bukola Saraki, garnered 70 votes.

Although Wike had expressed dissatisfaction over the outcome of the party’s presidential primary, he has however consistently maintained his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that he would continue to remain loyal to the party.