Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, needs the votes of the people of Rivers State.
He stated this on Tuesday when he commissioned the Akpabu-Itu-Umudiogha road in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers. He insisted that his party does not need the logistics support of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State
Umahi, an APC governor and one of the coordinators of Tinubu’s campaign in the South-East, said, “You are a doer of promise,” Umahi told Wike. “When you say you will give logistics support, you will, but in APC, we don’t need logistics support, we need votes, just for the presidential one only, please.
“All I am asking is that presidential one, keep it for Asiwaju (Tinubu), and Asiwaju will be coming here to solicit votes.”
His comment follows promises by Governor Wike to provide logistics support for the campaigns to the presidential candidates of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and his New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who recently commissioned projects in Rivers.
Recall that after Atiku’s victory in the party’s primary election in May, Wike and his allies had insisted that the party’s national chairman resign his position, as two critical positions in the party cannot be held by northerners.
This had led to a crack in the party with Wikee and four other governors forming the G-5, recently desired to be called the Integrity group of the People’s Democratic Party. They had also distanced themselves from the residential campaign. The reconciliation between the duo has, however, yielded little or no result as the Rivers Governor insists on Ayu’s Removal.
However, when Wike lost the party’s ticket, he promised to support the party’s bid. But with the recent moves, there are fears that the intra-party squabbles between Wike and Atiku would affect the chances of the Adamawa-born politician at the coming polls, which is three months away.