The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike admitted that he had a candidate he was “openly supporting,” ahead of last weekend’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s presidential primary election.
The Governor, however, said that the winner of the election, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar will emerge victorious in next year’s presidential election.
Atiku emerged the presidential candidate of the PDP in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital after seeing off Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Senate President, David Mark; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and others.
Wike had backed Tambuwal against Atiku and others in the primary election, but in a tweet on Tuesday, the Governor said he has accepted the outcome of the election.
He further pledged his support for Atiku, stating that he will stop at nothing to ensure the party emerged victorious in 2019.
He tweeted, “In the buildup, I had a candidate and I supported my candidate openly, that doesn’t translate to not accepting the outcome which was sincerely in favour of Alhaji Atiku.
“We will stop at nothing in the support of HE @atiku to make sure the party comes out victorious in 2019.”
Outgoing Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose had threatened to quit the PDP because of the failure of Sokoto Tambuwal, to emerge as the PDP presidential candidate.
Fayose, in a statement on Monday, said that he supported Wike to ensure the emergence of Tambuwal.
“We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket. We have no apologies either.
“We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go
“I may renounce my membership of the party, if the need arises
“In the main time, myself and others will continue with our consultations while watching the turn of events.
“We cannot but appreciate leaders that have intervened so far, but this release became necessary to avoid fresh crisis or misrepresentation,” he said.
Tambuwal has since congratulated Atiku and pledged to support his presidential bid.