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Atiku Refused To Support Jonathan’s Reelection In 2015 Despite Pleas – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Tuesday recalled how former President Goodluck Jonathan pleaded with Atiku Abubakar to support his re-election bid in 2015 but the former vice president refused.

Wike said this on Tuesday when Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State commissioned the Akpabu-Itu-Umudiogha road in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He recalled that Jonathan travelled to the Dorchester Hotel in London in 2015 to meet Atiku but the latter “embarrassed” Jonathan and told him rather to relinquish his ticket to him.

Aggrieved Wike, who recently formed the Integrity Group with other G-5 governors, stressed that he is not asking Atiku to step down as the  party’s presidential candidate of the Peoples Democrtic Party for the 2023 elections, but that he should ensure that Iyorchia Ayu is sacked as PDP national chairman.

The G-5 governors insist that a southerner must succeed Ayu – to ensure fairness and equity.

Wike said, “We forget history. In 2015 when Jonathan as a sitting President, I am not talking as a presidential candidate but as a sitting President, when he had won his primary, Jonathan went to London to Dorchester Hotel, he went to plead with Atiku Abubakar to come back to the party and support him.

“You know the condition he (Atiku) gave Jonathan? He should relinquish his ticket not to run as the President of Nigeria. That was the presidential candidate of a ruling party. He gave him a condition, telling him to relinquish that ticket.

“Today, we are not saying the presidential candidate should relinquish his ticket; we are not being selfish, we are saying since you are now the presidential candidate, let our people take chairmanship.”

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