The details of the meeting between the Rivers state governor, Nyeson Wike and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, have been revealed.
Wike, a governor of the Peoples Democratic Party has been angered with the outcome of the presidential primary of the umbrella party and the decision of its presidential candidate. Atiku Abubakar, to dump him for Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.
Subsequently, Wike has been on the move for alternatives to get political relevance after 2023, which has influenced his meetings with several opposition leaders including Tinubu, This Day reported.
After Wike table his demand to Tinubu, the presidential hopeful was said to have shown zero commitment to his demands, while explaining why he could not meet the demands.
Sources privy to the details of the meeting said that Wike’s demands are unrealistic and he could not really bring them to the table.
What Wike demands from Tinubu:
“Ensures if he wins the presidential election, which comes first, he will ensure he does not influence the outcome of the governorship and House of Assembly polls in Rivers, Benue, Oyo and Abia states, so that candidates in his camp and those of the other governors could win maintain control of the states”, the source revealed Wike’s demands.
Wike also want Tinubu to assure them that his men would be allowed to win senate, house of representatives seats, and the governors contesting senatorial election.
Such demands had no headway because the presidential and national assembly election would be conducted simultaneously.
“The APC candidate only said, yes, he could look into the demands for Rivers, but he cannot do same for Oyo, Benue and Abia; that it would be very difficult and will not want to come across as deceptive,” the source added
According to the source, Wike wanted Tinubu to force the APC candidates in Rivers, Oyo, Abi and particularly Benue, where the ruling party’s candidate is believed to be stronger to drop their ambitions.