The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike , has condemned some ministers who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying they caused the loss of the 2015 presidential election.
Mr. Wike, who spoke to The Interview magazine, offered a rare insight into why Mr. Jonathan could not get a second term as president of Nigeria.
The governor insisted that members of Mr. Jonathan’s cabinet and ranking members of the Peoples Democratic Party, from the party’s former Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, deceived the former president and told him outright lies about his chances.
In the current edition of The Interview, Wike said, “Let me tell you the truth; so many people were not sincere with Jonathan. You saw that even in the way some were being unduly sycophantic on issues that were totally out of point…I saw there was a lot of deceit.”
The Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Azu Ishiekwene, said the Mr. Wike’s interview was “yet another riveting chapter in the unfolding story of Jonathan’s monumental defeat.”
Mr. Nyesom Wike said there were situations where politicians who were supposed to be in the field holed up inside Abuja, filing false reports.
“Some of them would say, ‘Your Excellency Sir, as I’m speaking with you now, so and so state is down for PDP’. It was all lies,” the governor said.
He attacked the Northern leaders of the party, saying, “PDP in the North ganged up against Jonathan. Let the truth be told! Nobody will die! They were not sincere to him!”
He said it was a mark of complicity that even though Mr. Jonathan was stoned in some states and the governors in those states watched idly by, adding that, “If I were in Jonathan’s shoes, I won’t take it; let the heavens fall!”
Mr. Nyesom Wike , who was minister of state for dducation under Mr. Jonathan and generally perceived as First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan’s “anointed”, attacked “most cabinet members” for taking advantage of the former president’s gentlemanliness.
He, however, said the PDP reconciliation committee of which he is chairman, had in their sights, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and top members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among others.
He also spoke on his controversial presence as the only PDP governor at the airport when President Muhammadu Buhari returned from his medical vacation in Britain, an act that has raised some eyebrow.
Mr. Wike spoke on his relationship with former Governor Peter Odili and allegations that he gatecrashed the office of a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to fix the outcome of the state’s governorship election petition before the court.
He said, “These (the purveyors of the information) are evil people. Can Rotimi Amaechi tell the story of his life and he won’t mention Peter Odili? Can Dakuku Peterside mention anything and he won’t mention Peter Odili?”
The Rivers State governor also spoke on the leaked tape allegedly containing his voice, and claims that the $43million found in an Ikoyi apartment belonged to the state government.
“Let the Federal Government dare release the report. You will see what will happen,” he threatened.