The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, today, Friday during a media meeting has alleged that Peoples Democratic Party’s chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, manipulated the party’s primary which led to the emergence of Atiku Abubakar.
According to Wike, if not for the love he and his supporters have for PDP they would have halted the party’s convention.
Wike claims that ahead of the party primary, Ayu had called several presidential aspirants of the party to step down for Atiku.
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“He was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku. I was there, Saraki and others were there.
“He manipulated the delegates. There was nothing Ayu did not do to ensure Wike didn’t emerge.
“Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.
“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.
“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.
“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention, even if heaven falls,” Ike said.