The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said he rejected a senatorial ticket offer from the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Wike stated that Tinubu offered him the senatorial ticket after the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, failed to fulfill his promise after he emerged as the PDP’s presidential flagbearer.
The governor stated this on Friday during an ongoing media parly in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
He said he turned down the former Lagos State governor’s offer and insisted that he would remain in the PDP despite his grievances, adding that he never contested the primary to settle for a vice-presidential or senatorial ticket.
Wike said, “I didn’t 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’s why when Tinubu offered me senate slot, I didn’t go for it.’’
Recall that on July 8 2022 some APC governors, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State met with Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State’s capital ahead of the 2023 elections.
Others in their entourage include the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji; former Ekiti State governor and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Ayodele Fayose, among others.
Before the APC governors’ visit, there had been reports that Tinubu and Wike met in France. The reports were, however, debunked by the former Lagos State governor’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, who described them as “fake news”.