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Presidency: Gang-ups towards Wike a colossal injustice to south-south – Ollormate


Chief Obari Ollormate, the Eleme native authorities chairman and loyalist of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, on this interview with GODWIN EGBA, expresses anger over Wike’s defeat on the PDP presidential primaries, attributing it to intrigues, betrayal and gang-ups

How will you describe the result of the PDP presidential primaries held in Abuja the place Governor Wike misplaced out?

The end result of the social gathering presidential primaries was an enormous lesson to a few of us that politics  just isn’t a sport of belief. The primaries was like a battle area the place you’re to battle and win with the help of your followers he imagine in. Our Governor Wike was disenchanted by these whom have been on his aspect from the start till the final minute of the sport. 

How disenchanted was he?

We in our camp noticed how every part performed out. It was a share betrayal of belief, intrigues and calculated colossal gang-ups towards Wike because the strongest contender from the South-South geo-political zone. The frustration performed out on the highest pitch to disclaim him the ticket.

Did it point out that he didn’t work laborious or not standard sufficient?

Removed from that. I take a complete exception to that if anyone in Nigeria may insinuate so. Wike has proved himself as a tough working PDP builder. He has stood agency with the social gathering by means of thick and skinny with out an try and rooster out or defect to different seemingly juicy greater social gathering.

So why the shocker for him on the primaries?

Sure, it was certainly a shocker to me and others not simply we from the South-South zone however to different bigger supporters in different components of the geo-political zones. Fifteen potential presidential hopefuls have been cleared for the primaries however one dropped (Mohammed Hayatudean) out of the race.

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 From the start of the nation-wide campaigns by Wike to the day of the primaries, he left no person doubtful that the train could be a walk-over for him.

The primaries was all about delegates and contestants. Why did he fallout together with his sturdy, supporting delegates?

Wike courageously toured all of the states previous to the primaries exception of Jigawa and Zamfara and interacted with deligates. All his outings have been earlier than the general public glare as reported by each tv, radio and newspaper homes which left no person doubtful that the ticket could be given to him. He held nothing again from the deligates as he made certain that every part that wanted to be executed was put in place.

And the way did the surprises come?

Properly, look shouldn’t be mistaken for reality. We later acquired to know or hear that unknown to our governor, a few of his fellow contestants from the North had teamed as much as flip the desk towards him in favour of their very own, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

However Atiku noticed himself as the person to beat within the race. Didn’t you see him like that?

That isn’t the difficulty right here. He’s eminently certified for the race, he has what it takes to face any contestant however the sudden gang-up to me was a preaching that “The North” should produce the president come 2023. That is towards the overall expectation and aspiration of Nigerians that the presidential slot ought to be thrown to the South-South geo-political zone to stability democratic equation.

That sounds extra of a political sentiment, isn’t it?

In case you say so, however info gathered by some print media reported that the plot or gang-up was a far reaching one with allegations that Atiku held a final minute assembly with all of the northern aspirants who all initially agreed to work for and with him by stepping down for him and urging their delegates to vote for him.

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How did you obtain the result of the voting?

To me, Wike fought a gallant battle but in addition misplaced gallantly. To point his recognition he pulled 237 votes as towards 371 votes scored by Atiku whereas the third on the road was Senator Bukola Saraki with 70 votes. Udom from South-South scored 38 votes and Sam Ohuabunwa with 1 vote, Bala 20 votes and one Oliver Diana 1 vote.

Don’t you see right here that it was a sport of numerical energy that labored towards wike relatively than betrayal and gang-up?

Be that as it could, this isn’t sentiment although numerical energy can’t be dominated out in any voting contest. Nonetheless, of all different contestants from the North, Wike trounced them to come back closest and second to Atiku. It was a horsetrade, betrayal, gang-up on regional curiosity that blocked wike’s possibilities however that isn’t to say he has come to the top of his political race.

In case you have been Wike, what lesson have you ever learnt from the competition?

Agreed that Wike has misplaced the “battle” and a bitter reminiscence, sinking lesson learnt the laborious method right here reminds us that, “there isn’t a artwork to search out the thoughts’s development from the face”. Certainly he least anticipated the shocker from his trusted allies, particularly, Tambuwal. Nonetheless, the person Wike has stated it publicly that as a loyal social gathering man, he would help anyone that emerged the winner of the first, so we see him collapsing his arsenal with Atiku to chase out the ruling APC come 2023 for the curiosity of Rivers state.

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The place have been the South-South governors who have been anticipated to rally spherical Wike? 

I can’t dwell on their roles as a result of politics is a sport of curiosity for each the sturdy and the weak. No matter destructive function anyone near or round Wike performed was to not the detriment of Wike alone however to the South-South basically and our brothers ought to be blamed for reneging on their resolve to make sure southern presidency in 2023.

What’s your anticipated plan ‘B’ for the South-South presidency?

I’m not holding transient for the governor, however he could want to shut rank with Atiku to make sure complete victory of PDP over APC. Wike is a robust pressure to reckon with any day. So it could been a basketfull of pleasure and victory if he (Atiku) had out of knowledge chosen him as his working mate. I’ve little doubt that the duo of Atiku and Wike would have modified Nigeria’s narrative in insecurity, financial, schooling and well being failure. Wike now stands fearless any day in taking the nation to a better peak in socio-economic growth as he has demonstrated in Rivers state that now attests to his functionality to do extra in all the Nigeria as a rustic.

What’s your parting phrases to Wike’s supporters?

I commend those that stood by Wike to allow him rating second largest votes after Atiku. Nigerians might be assured that with him (Wike) in partnership with Atiku, the large infrastructural and different socio-economic growth in Rivers state is having fun with immediately stand as Wike’s credentials and might be replicated throughout the nation.

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