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2023: Maeba Accuses Wike Of Working Against Atiku, PDP


The former lawmaker representing Rivers State South-East constituency, Senator Lee Maeba has berated Governor Nyesom Wike for working against the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and for portraying himself as a superhuman being despite the peace talk initiated by the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT).


It could be recalled that things have not been rosy between Wike and Atiku following the former Vice-President’s decision to nominate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.


Following the peace talk between the duo, Wike and his associates were said to have demanded the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, as a condition for him to work for Atiku. but some leaders in the party dismissed Wike’s demand.



Also, the Rivers Governor had last week ordered the sacking of the Governing Council of the Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola in Port Harcourt led by Maeba.


Maeba, while speaking in an interview with the Punch stated that Wike removed him as the Chairman of  Elechi Amadi Polytechnic because of his closeness to Atiku, adding that the governor is not hiding that he is fighting the PDP presidential candidate.


He said, “We have a candidate of the party who has the capacity to lead Nigeria out of the crisis. So nothing can deter us from supporting Atiku to save Nigeria.


“Wike is not hiding that he is fighting Atiku. Yes, he said so. He called a meeting of Ogoni people who are with him and told them to tell me that he will see how I will campaign for Atiku in this state and he is ready to fight to the finish.


“We don’t know what he (Wike) is planning to do because when campaigns start we are qualified to campaign too. We are waiting to see how he will do it. This is a joke taken too far.”


Maeba also revealed that Wike removed former Governor Celestine Omehia and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, as leaders of their party in Ikwerre and Port Harcourt City LGAs respectively.


He accused the Rivers State governor of humiliating the duo before their people because they went to pay a solidarity visit to Atiku Abubakar.


“All of us knew Atiku before him. Austin Opara has been in the House of Representatives since 1999. He was the deputy speaker when Atiku was Vice-President. At that time Wike was struggling to be local government chairman. So, if Austin Opara has to take permission from him today to go and see Atiku, then something is wrong,” he stated.


While insisting that no single individual was in charge of Rivers State votes, the former lawmaker accused Wike of having plans to rig elections in the South-south state.


He said: “Why are you in charge of votes? You cannot be in charge of votes, because everybody has individual votes to cast. If Adegboyega Oyetola was in charge of votes in Osun, he wouldn’t have lost the election.


“So, for somebody to be boasting he is in charge of votes, people should ask him where do you want to get the votes? How many voters cards does he have?”


According to Maeba, Austin Opara, Omehia, and himself do not need the permission of Governor Wike to visit the former Vice President.


“Let me tell you something. When you apportion so much right to yourself, then you are superhuman. Austin Opara was the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives when Atiku Abubakar was the Vice President. They attended caucus meetings together and National Economic Council Meeting.


“So, does it mean that Austin Opara who has been friends with Atiku for over 20 years ago will now start to beg Wike to go and see Atiku?


“So, he (Wike) is the one who doesn’t have respect for citizens.


“Like me, I met Atiku first in 1992 in Jos for the SDP campaigns. We started working together in 2003 when I became Senator. That time where was he (Wike)? When Austin Opara was working with Atiku, holding meetings, Wike was struggling to come into the limelight.


“So, when you use comments like that that you are not the kind of politician that people will hold meetings against in Abuja, he goes to Abuja every day. He flies to Abuja. In fact, he virtually sleeps in Abuja.


“So if you don’t have respect for the rights of senior citizens of the state, you don’t have respect for their right to survive and self-sustenance, then something is wrong with your own system.”


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Loveth Ogedegbe: Thursday, 11 August 2022 at 8/11/2022 03:08:00 pm

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