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Presidency 2023: Wike denies suit against Atiku, Tambuwal

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Friday denied filing any suit against the Peoples Democratic Party, the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State seeking to take the PDP ticket away from Atiku.

Wike at the commissioning of House of Assembly Quarters in Port Harcourt, on Friday declared: “People have called me that I went to court against Atiku Abubakar.

“I want to state categorically that I didn’t go to court. I just want to say it for Nigerians to know. I have kept quiet. I am busy with delivering the dividends of democracy.

“If they lose the election, nobody should call my name. I have told the candidate.

“If I wanted to go to court, I would have gone to court within two weeks.

“It is the candidate’s group that are doing all these things. Let the world hear. They are the ones plotting all these things, thinking they will spoil my name.

“We are supposed to be talking about winning the election.”

Governor Wike further asserted that he never ordered the removal of the PDP flag from his office. According to him:  “Just a few days ago, they came up with the claim that I ordered my chief security officer to pull down the PDP’s flag in my office.

“This is all propaganda. Some people are trying to use me to win the election.”

There was media report on Friday that Wike and a PDP member, Newgent Ekamon, filed a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, arguing that the PDP primary conferred undue advantage on Atiku Abubakar          to facilitate his victory at the National Convention on May 28 and 29. The suit is seeking the removal of Atiku as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.

“I don’t know the lawyer. Why should I be filing a suit at this time? I had 14 days within which to file any suit. I didn’t, then is it two months after I will file a suit?”

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