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April 16, 2024
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What caused rift between me and Odili —Wike

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In a candid revelation, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Nyesom Wike, has shed light on the strained political relationship between himself and his former political mentor, Dr. Peter Odili, the erstwhile Governor of Rivers State.

In a television interview, Wike acknowledged the existence of “some political differences” between himself and Odili, stating, “As it is today, politically, we don’t have a good relationship. We don’t work together. There are some political differences. For me, we have finished with this stage. It does not mean that in the next stage you will be in the same camp. No. He took a decision. I took a decision.”

Despite these differences, Wike emphasized his continued respect and admiration for Odili, affirming that the former governor remains his leader despite their diverging paths.

Turning his attention to recent political developments, Wike addressed the declaration of support for Governor Siminalayi Fubara by certain leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State.

Notably, PDP figures including Abiye Sekibo, Uche Secondus, Celestine Omehia, and Austin Opara had openly thrown their support behind Fubara, urging President Bola Tinubu to intervene and caution Wike.

In response, Wike lambasted the quartet, labeling them as “political vampires” and “expired politicians” undeserving of the title “elder statesmen.”

He specifically singled out Secondus, asserting that the former PDP National Chairman’s suspension had been validated by the court, effectively nullifying his membership in the party.

Describing their recent gathering as a display of “transactional politics,” Wike questioned the integrity of those who had previously opposed Fubara but were now rallying behind him post-election.

He accused them of inconsistency and opportunism, highlighting their past actions against Fubara within the PDP.

Wike’s critique extended to their broader political legacy, questioning their commitment to serving the people during their time in power.

He expressed skepticism over their motives and called into question their credibility in advocating for political change.

In his candid remarks, Wike illuminated the complexities of political alliances and the dynamic landscape of power struggles within the Nigerian political arena.



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