Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state says he knows nothing about a lawsuit seeking the disqualification of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The camp of the governor had taken Atiku, Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over the conduct of the PDP presidential primary election which took place in May.
The group in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022 asked a federal high court in Abuja to order INEC to remove the former vice president Atiku from “its list of candidates in the 2023 presidential election”.
They prayed the court to direct “the first respondent (PDP) to declare Mr Wike who is the second applicant winner of the PDP presidential primary with a corresponding order directing the first respondent (PDP) to forward his name as the candidate to contest the presidential election in 2023”.
The former vice-president had won the primary after he secured 371 votes to become PDP’s standard bearer against governor Wike who secured 237 votes to come second.
Since May, the outcome of the primary election caused division within the PDP—which appeared more intense when the presidential candidate failed to make Wike his running mate.
According to THISDAY reports on Friday, Governor Wike said he did not authorise anyone to file a suit on his behalf.
“I don’t know anything about the so-called suit. I did not ask anyone to file any suit for me,” the governor was quoted as saying.
“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?
“Just yesterday they came up with the claim that I ordered my chief security officer to pull down the PDP flag in government house. This is all false, it’s all propaganda. Some people are trying to use me to win the election. Please disregard all these lies.”
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