Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has denied filing a rumoured lawsuit to have Atiku Abubakar removed as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate in next year’s general election.
Distancing himself from media reports that claimed he was opposing Atiku’s bid for the presidency on the PDP platform, Mr. Wike said on Friday that he was unaware of the lawsuit or the attorney who filed it.
Making the rebuttal while speaking with ThisDay newspaper, Wike said “I don’t know anything about the so-called suit. I did not ask anyone to file any suit for me”
“I don’t know the lawyers. am I a kid to be filing a suit at this time. I had 14 days after the primary within which to have filed any suit. I didn’t do that then, is it two months after primary I will file a suit?” he asked.
He also denied accusations that he instructed his chief security officer to remove the PDP flag from Government House, calling the reports propaganda and asserting that some people were attempting to manipulate him in order to gain electoral advantage.
It was widely reported in the media on Friday morning that Governor Wike and one PDP leader, Mr. Newgent Ekamon, had sued the PDP to force the party to withdraw Atiku as its candidate in the next presidential elections.
The plaintiffs’ arguments in the alleged lawsuit with the file number FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022 were based on the idea that Atiku received an unfair advantage in the PDP primary, which helped him win the party’s nomination for president on May 28 and 29.