EXCLUSIVE: Wike avoids Atiku’s emissary in Turkey


Governor of the State of Rivers, NYESOM WIKEon Thursday Turkey refused to grant an audience to a former Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Waziri, who was sent to speak with him by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said with the matter familiar people PREMIUM TIMES.

Atiku, our sources said, dispatched Mr Waziri to meet Mr Wike, who is on holiday in the eastern European country, after the governor dismissed several attempts by the candidate to arrange a meeting between them.

The former vice president was unable to see Mr Wike as he overlooked him to select his Delta State counterpart Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

Sources said Mr Abubakar wanted to personally tell Mr Wike that he was not his choice as vice president before making the public announcement, but the governor left Abuja the night before the announcement after finding out that Atiku was dating someone had satisfied others.

The governor has also refused to speak by phone to Atiku and his emissaries who attempted to meet with him.

After getting wind that Mr Wike was in Turkey, aides said Atiku installed the former minister who tracked down the governor at the Hilton Conrad hotel in Istanbul on Thursday.

However, despite the two men meeting in the hotel lobby, Mr. Wike refused his request that the two huddle together to give him a chance to deliver a message from Atiku.

Mr Waziri is said to have telephoned several friends and some leaders of the PDP in Nigeria to persuade Mr Wike to discuss with him, but the governor did not back down.

Contrary to Mr Waziri’s claim on Thursday that he met Mr Wike in Istanbul, the governor’s assistants insisted Mr Wike had not granted an audience to the former minister.

Mr Waziri made the claim during expose a statement by Lagos-based All Progressives Congress (APC) chief Joe Igbokwe that Mr Wike flew to France to meet the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who is in the country.

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“Governor Wike came to Istanbul in Turkey straight from Nigeria. He did not go to France as speculated. This is to expose the APC’s propaganda through Igbokwe. This is fake news orchestrated by the doomed ruling party that is on its way out,” he said over the phone, the Daily Trust newspaper reported.

When the newspaper asked him about his mission in Istanbul, he snapped; “What do you have to do with our mission? After our national convention we came to rest. As a political animal, of course I do politics wherever I am.”

In an interview with Arise TV on Wednesday, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom accused Atiku of not being fair to Mr Wike.

“Atiku should go to him (Wike). Why doesn’t he ignore her calls? Isn’t that an insult? Wike is a pillar in the party.

“Currently, no one in the party has done more to help the party move forward than Wike. If Atiku didn’t want to respect the committee’s decision, he should have called Wike earlier and informed him. He didn’t. They can’t do things anyway and expect us to be happy,” Mr Ortom said.

Mr Wike had been spotted in Turkey with Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. Another picture on Thursday showed the two governors and their counterpart from Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, together in Turkey.

Mr Waziri’s phone number was unavailable at the time of this report. Mr. Wike did not answer or did not answer several calls made to him.

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