Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has revealed the condition former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar gave former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 before he allowed him to run for his reelection.
Governor Nyesom Wike made this revelation while speaking at the construction of Emeka-Igbo Etche road in Rivers State on Friday upon his return from overseas.
In his speech during the program, Wike revealed that after Olusegun Obasanjo exhausted his first tenure as president of Nigeria, he went down on his knees and begged Atiku Abubakar to allow him to run for a second tenure. In response, Atiku Abubakar gave him a condition that he must meet before he can grant him that request.
While revealing the nature of the condition Atiku Abubakar gave Olusegun Obasanjo following his quest for a reelection, Wike said that Atiku told Obasanjo that Tony Anenih must be sacked as the Minister of Works and Housing and he must not be in the campaign council.
According to Wike, in fulfilment of Atiku’s condition, Olusegun Obasanjo lied against Tony Anenih and sack him from being the Minister of Works and Housing, also removed him from his presidential campaign council and took him back to the South-South.
Recall that Late Tony Anenih was the Minister of Works and Housing from 1999 to 2003 when he was sacked by Obasanjo. He later died on 28 of August in 2018 at the age of 85.
During his speech, Wike also debunked the reports that he had a session with BBC. He said that such reports are all lies as there are no pictorial and video footage to prove such claim. He also revealed that he traveled overseas on the night of 25th of December. He noted that he embarked on the journey with his friends who on arrival at their destination left to see their various families, while he remained with his own family.
He said to the People’s Democratic Party that they should stop worrying about him, noting that the party had said that it does not bother about them; the G-5 Governors and that they have moved on. He also clarified that he did not meet with any presidential candidate, blaming journalists and press men for poor journalism and reportage.
He urged Atiku Abubakar and his People’s Democratic Party to leave him and his fellow G-5 Governors alone and focus on their problems.
He however urged the good people of Rivers State to disregard the news making wave on the internet and social media, saying that when he takes a decision, they will know and that he cannot take decisions without seeking advises from the people.