The campaign office of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday described the recent outbursts by Governor of Rivers state, Mr. Nyesom Wike, as a man dancing like a village masquerade.
In recent months, Wike has taken out time to attack Atiku, who defeated him during the PDP presidential primaries.
In a statement tagged: “Wike’s Nonsensical Gaffe,” the Special Assistant, Public Communication to Atiku, Phrank Shaibu, quoting Proverbs 14:17 in the Holy Bible, said this perhaps explains why a governor who was once a shining light in his party has thrown caution to the wind and has become a laughing stock.
“Everyday, Wike dances like a village masquerade on live television, entertaining Nigerians with the same boring moves. He acts like a failed Tik Tok comedian desperately trying to amuse Nigerians with the same platitudes just because he lost the primary and also failed to emerge as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP.
“His constant weeping is like the blubbering of an infant taken off his mother’s breast. Wike’s cacophonous cry of hurt and inconsolable thrashing will never end even if the proverbial breast is put back in his mouth,” the PDP candidate’s campaign said.
Atiku stated if anyone wants to understand the true meaning of bitterness and anger, they should watch out for Wike each time he spends tax payers monies on his live broadcasts.
At every turn of event, Atiku’s campaign maintained that Wike comes forth with new episodes of his dramatic performances, noting that what is common to all his acts is that his vile verbiage and intemperate vituperations are symptomatic of a pathetically disruptive mind with a deep character flaw.
“In his latest attempt to mock Waziri Atiku Abubakar after former President Olusegun Obasanjo decided to endorse former Governor Peter Obi, Wike again shot himself in the foot.
“According to the cantankerous and loquacious governor, the decision of Obasanjo to support Obi is evidence that Atiku is unfit for the presidency.
“Going by Wike’s flawed logic, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to support his Vice President, William Ruto, meant that Ruto was unfit for office. The great people of Kenya, however, do not think in a flawed manner like Wike,” Atiku’s office argued.
Even in Nigeria, it stated that President Muhammadu Buhari did not support Vice President Yemi Osinbajo despite the fact that Osinbajo had served as acting president for over five months when Buhari was on medical vacation in London.
“If we bring it closer to Rivers State, it means Wike’s deputy is incompetent hence his decision to anoint Siminialayi Fubara, as his successor. In fact Wike’s domineering attitude has made his deputy redundant, hence no one even knows who she is.
“What Wike failed to acknowledge during his latest tirade is that Atiku remains the only former vice president in the history of Nigeria to ever be publicly endorsed by his principal and this happened in 2019 when Obasanjo decided to support him,” the Atiku campaign office stated.
On the other hand, it pointed out that no one finds Wike worthy of wielding presidential power, not even his predecessors, maintaining that rather than try to repair his damaged reputation, Wike continues to cry over spilt milk.
“When has the lack of support of an ex-president ever translated to fitness of an office?
“Finally, let me state that our decorous demeanour belong to us – they are not dictated by whether someone is intemperate towards us. We will hit back if we have to, but God forbid that we will ever descend to the level of the gutter that some people live in. Wike really needs to grow up and respect the office he holds,” the PDP presidential candidate’s office stated.
Also on Tuesday, the PDP PCC said the only offence that Atiku committed against Wike was that he defeated him in a transparent election.
In a statement by the spokesman of the PDP PCC, Senator Dino Melaye said, “the only crime is that he won a transparent presidential primary.”
According to Melaye; “Wike should be ashamed that he has constantly solicited the attention of Atiku by his continuous disrespect and unwarranted insult of a man who did nothing to you.
“Atiku’s only crime is that he won a transparent presidential primary. Wike was Chief of Staff to Amaechi, but Amaechi did not trust him enough to hand over to him.
“I advise him to support whoever he wishes to support as we will no longer tolerate his insolent tendencies. The question is, is there something wrong with Wike that Amaechi did not hand over to him? Why will Prince Uche Secondus, Rt. Hon. Austin Okpara, Sen. Lee Meaba, Celestine Omehia, Chief Abiye Sikibo, Sen George Sekibo, Hon. Chinyere Igwe, etc, leave him unceremoniously for Atiku. Something is definitely wrong somewhere,” Melaye said.
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