The spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Dino Melaye, has accused the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of pushing the southern presidency agenda because he was not chosen as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In a recent interview on AIT, Melaye revealed that Wike called him 19 times in two hours, promising him heaven and earth if Atiku announced him as the vice presidential candidate. Melaye stated that he has evidence of the calls and has printed them out, waiting to confront Wike with them.
Melaye further described Wike as a pretentious character, a liar, and lacking integrity. He accused Wike of lobbying and begging him and others to convince Atiku to choose him as the vice presidential candidate, even waiting at the airport for the announcement. Melaye stated that Wike was desperate to be vice president and only started pushing for a southern presidency agenda after failing to secure the position.
Melaye also accused Wike of pushing the chairmanship position to the north to avoid affecting his own ambition of becoming president. According to Melaye, Wike was the one who brought Ayu and sponsored him, ensuring there was no election for the national chairman’s office during the convention, and Ayu was unopposed. Melaye claimed that Wike did this to satisfy his selfish ambition of becoming the presidential candidate from the south, and that Wike should not be taken seriously as he is under the influence of alcohol.
Melaye’s accusations against Wike revolve around the governor’s alleged desperation for power, lobbying, and deceitful behavior. Melaye presents himself as having evidence to support his claims, and paints Wike as lacking integrity and being driven by selfish ambitions. The allegations highlight the internal dynamics and power struggles within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the presidential campaign progresses towards the election.