Dino Melaye, the PDP governorship aspirant for Kogi State, claims that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, persistently implored him to secure Atiku Abubakar’s vice presidential nomination for himself.
Melaye alleges that after failing to secure the presidential candidacy from his party, Wike decided not to extend his support to the party’s presidential nominee Atiku unless the then party chairperson, Iyorchia Ayu, stepped down.
Alongside four other Governors, Wike demanded that neither the presidential nominee nor the party chairperson be from the Northern regions.
Melaye, however, asserted that Wike’s clash with Atiku arose when he was not chosen as the running mate, despite his continual appeals, as Atiku chose Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.
Melaye charges that Wike contacted him nearly 19 times within a span of two hours, desperately trying to persuade him to have Atiku name him as vice-presidential nominee. Melaye added that Atiku’s refusal led to a conspiracy against him in the recent presidential elections held on February 25.
Newsone Nigeria discloses that Melaye’s revelation was a response to Wike’s comment doubting Melaye’s ability to become the Governor of Kogi State.
In an AIT interview, Melaye claimed, “Wike doesn’t possess an ounce of integrity. At the time when Atiku was set to announce his running mate, Wike contacted me countless times. I have proof and I intend to disclose it. He implored us in numerous ways to convince Atiku to consider him for the vice president post.”
“He was situated at the airport awaiting my call to confirm if he had been chosen as Atiku’s running mate. I have evidence. He showered promises in return for the announcement from Atiku. After exceeding an hour of his wait, I had to inform him that no one is going to assign him the vice presidency. Upon hearing this, he embarked on his flight back.”
Watch the moment Dino Melaye made these revelations about Governor Wike below…
Here’s the message from Dino Melaye to Wike. Just one part of it! pic.twitter.com/WiCzZdRxYO
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) April 11, 2023
“Wike is an unstable individual, influenced by alcohol and other factors unknown to me”
– Dino Melaye pic.twitter.com/i3f4zI3BbI
— 🐬 @𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗷𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗯𝗼𝘆 (@OneJoblessBoy) April 11, 2023
“Wike implored me 19 times over two hours to convince Atiku to choose him as his running mate”. This was a part of Dino Melaye’s exclusive interview with AIT. pic.twitter.com/X6XyO7bGxQ
— AIT (@AIT_Online) April 11, 2023