The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has on Friday, exposed the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, for trying to bribe him to defect to the party and get an automatic Senatorial ticket and victory in the 2023 general elections, just to secure the votes of the people of Rivers State and possibly the South-South in general, learnt.
He said that Tinubu offered him the ticket after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2023 Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, failed to fulfill his ‘promise’, after he emerged as the PDP Presidential flagbearer.
He revealed that he however, turned down the offer from Tinubu, due to his untainted integrity.
The Rivers State Governor spoke during an ongoing Media Parley, in Port Harcourt, the State capital.
Governor Wike insisted that he would remain in the main opposition party despite his grievances, adding that, he never contested the primary to settle for a Vice Presidential or Senatorial ticket.
His words: “I did not contest so I can become a Vice Presidential Candidate, I am not like others who were not serious and bought Senatorial form alongside Presidential form, and that is why when Tinubu offered me Senate slot, I did not go for it.
“Aside from Tinubu, who is from the APC, other political parties are talking to me as well, including Labour Party, because they all know my worth, and how I can ensure that they win the 2023 poll. But I have not accepted any of the offers presented by those parties.
“They know I am important and that is why they are wooing me.
“Who does not want to win Rivers State? Why will they (opposition parties) not talk to me? So many parties are talking to me.”
When probed further on the likelihood of his actions of entertaining other political parties’ offer may be termed as anti-party activities, he questioned: “Our Presidential Candidate, did he not talk to APC people?
“You see, if you are an asset, people must come and talk to you. Who is a pretty girl that nobody wants to talk to?”