The Rivers State Government has described as unfair the comment by the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, lured Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the promise of getting him the PDP presidential ticket.
In a statement he issued in Port Harcourt on Monday and made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Emma Okah, said Mr Wike has a culture of respecting elders, including Mr Tinubu but accused the leader of not reciprocating the gesture.
According to Mr Okah “Governor Wike has not discussed the political ambition of Governor Tambuwal with Senator Tinubu any day and so Senator Tinubu cannot rely on mere rumour to speak unfairly about the governor in the way he did.”
Mr Okah said Mr “Tambuwal is a matured adult who has the capacity to take critical political decisions for himself without prompting from Gov Wike.
“When as Speaker of House of Representatives, Governor Tambuwal defected from the ruling PDP to the APC, why did Senator Tinubu not say that Governor Wike had a hand in it at that time or is it because it favoured Senator Tinubu’s APC?”
The commissioner urged elders to “exercise restraint at times like this.”
Mr Tinubu had in a statement on Monday said Mr Tambuwal and Senate President Bukola Saraki defected from the APC last month because of their presidential ambitions.
Messrs Tambuwal and Saraki earlier on Monday in separate statements pushed back the claim.